Gareth Smyth has covered Middle Eastern affairs for 20 years and was chief correspondent for The Financial Times in Iran.
Britain’s relationship with Iran has long been colourful and often fraught.
In 1991, as hundreds of thousands of Kurds fled northward from Iraqi troops seeking vengeance
Until recently, Iran’s leaders spoke cautiously and relatively respectfully of US President Dona
London- Jalal Talabani founded the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) in 1975 as a secular democr
The sky did not collapse following the Iraqi Kurdish referendum.
The rise of Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi seemed over in 2015 when he withdrew from the el
London - Shortly after the 1979 Iranian Revolution toppled the shah of Iran, Syrian Foreign Min
Iranian President Hassan Rohani began his second term in a stronger position at home than either
Dutch diplomat Nikolaos van Dam attended a wedding in Damascus in September 2010 with no sense of
As the date for an independence referendum approaches, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is
New US sanctions against Iran will have less of an effect on its leaders than leaked news of just
I crossed into Iraqi Kurdistan in February 2003 as the US invasion loomed against Saddam Hussein.
The killing of two civilians, allegedly by a terrorist team, on Iran’s eastern border with Pakist