Although, in many ways, the reasons for which many recently converted young men decide or have so far decided to go and fight with “God’s fanatics” in Syria and Iraq remain mysterious, those same choices made by girls born and raised in a ‘western’ environment in Europe “totally bewilders us”, admits the sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar in his interview with Reset.
- It took no longer than two days to bring the territory back under the control of the Regional Government of Kurdistan at the end of 2014. In the space of 48 hours, the Iraqi army and the Hashd al-Shaabi shi’ite militia integrated into it took control of Kirkuk, it was swiftly followed by the recapture of Dibus, Makhmur, Khanaqin, Jalawla, Gwer, Bashiqa and Sinjar.
- Political freedom but no personal freedom. In today’s Iraq there is still not room for both. According to Bessma Momani, a professor at Waterloo University and curator of the book From Desolation to Reconstruction: Iraq's troubled journey, the path to normalisation is entirely an uphill one. And, by raising the flag of decentralisation, Iraq runs the risk of losing its national identity.