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Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Expert rapid response: Erbil attack

On Wednesday July 17, 2019 a shooting took place in a restaurant in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, that allegedly killed a Turkish diplomat serving in the consulate, Osman Kose, and two Iraqi civilians. Reports claim that three assailants with alleged Islamic State (ISIS) allegiances were behind the shooting and quickly killed as well although investigations are still pending. No group claimed the attack with the PKK spokesperson denying its involvement.

MENASource by MENASource

Iraq

Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Beyond control: Iran and its opponents locked in a lopsided confrontation

While facing sobering external challenges, Iran has not lost sight of its domestic and expatriate political opposition.

Issue Brief by Borzou Daragahi

Iran

Mon, Jun 24, 2019

Trump sanctions Iran’s Supreme Leader

The executive order allows US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to impose sanctions on officials appointed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and those who provide material support to his office.

New Atlanticist by Ashish Kumar Sen

Economic Sanctions Iran

Borzou Daragahi is a journalist and a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs.

He is a foreign correspondent who has been covering the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe for more than sixteen years. He is now based in Istanbul, writing for The Independent.

He previously wrote for BuzzFeed News, the Financial Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has contributed to The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Daily Beast, and the Daily Star of Lebanon among others. He has appeared frequently as a guest on television and radio broadcasts.

Borzou covered the 2003 US invasion of Iraq as well as its build-up and lengthy aftermath. He covered the 2006 war in Lebanon, the 2008 war in Georgia, the 2009 uprising in Iran, the chaotic consequences of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Syria, and the 2014 rise of the Islamic State and subsequent wars to defeat it. He has also reported in Afghanistan and in Europe, covering political and security issues in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Cyprus. He has covered the lengthy standoff over the Iran’s nuclear program.

He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times, once for coverage of Iran and twice for Iraq, and has received Overseas Press Club honors for Iraq and Iran coverage. He is a graduate Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Social Research. He has taught undergraduate journalism at Purchase College and Pratt Institute in New York and has appeared frequently as a guest speaker on university campuses.

Born in Iran, he grew up in the Chicago area and New York City. He speaks Persian as well as some Spanish, German, Arabic, and a little French and Turkish.