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The Middle East Ticker reviews 2017's biggest news stories about the region.
Kurdish Leader Resigns Under Pressure from Iraq, Benghazi Militant Captured, Saudi Arabia Gives Investors Futuristic Sales Pitch
The president of Iraqi Kurdistan resigns, the Trump administration is using the Obama playbook for a terrorist captured in Libya, and Saudi Arabia’s plans for reform keep getting more ambitious.
Iraqis and Kurds Compete for Oil Deals, Gulf States Still Fighting PR War in Washington, Deadly Ambush in Egypt
Iraqi forces look to consolidate control of Kirkuk, a former Trump official undercuts the State Department on Qatar diplomacy, and an attack on Egyptian troops leaves dozens dead.
Kurdish national aspirations in Iraq are collapsing, Trump decertifies the JCPOA but won’t say what he wants to change, and the Islamic State loses its de-facto capital.
Saudi Women Granted New Rights, Kurdistan Under Pressure after Referendum, Egypt Targets Dissidents and Minorities
Saudi Arabia softens some of its most extreme conservative laws, Kurdistan’s neighbors close ranks, and Egypt’s latest crackdown goes after gay men.
Backlash to Kurdish Independence Referendum Begins, Trump Has Made Decision on Iran Deal, Russian and U.S.-backed Forces Converge in Syria
Iraq and its neighbors mobilize against Kurdish referendum, Trump won’t tell his allies his plans for the JCPOA, and Russia bombs Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir El-Zour.
Iraqi Kurdistan's independence push could disrupt the fight against the Islamic State and undermine its long-term viability as a state.
Sloane Speakman explains the flawed assumptions and oversimplifications at the heart of U.S. narratives about the Kurds.
A brief primer on the legal considerations that will guide the dispute between Iraq and Kurdistan once ISIL is dislodged from Mosul.