I regularly write about how violence has escalated in the north of Iraq, usually in relation to the cities of Kirkuk and Mosul. I occasionally write that conditions have been quiet in Kurdistan, but I don’t often dwell on it. For me, it is obvious. Kurdistan is arguably as safe as a European country, and statistically speaking it sees fewer terrorist attacks than its neighbour (and popular tourist destination) Turkey. As a result I normally have very little to report on.
As an aside, I think it's amusing that people think the CIA works by smuggling white operatives into western Asia rather than recruit locals through networks.
You couldn't pay me to visit that region.
Let me rephrase my question to be more clear: Are you sure that each of them, individually, are really leftist activists? The FBI successfully penetrated a lot of anti-war, leftist groups in the 70s, so successfully that sometimes it wasn't inaccurate to accuse the FBI of carrying out the protests themselves.
I think it's amusing that people think the CIA works by smuggling white operatives into western Asia rather than recruit locals through networks.
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