Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova is a Bulgarian journalist covering the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe.

Middle East

Anger is simmering among Iraq's Kurdish youth

In Iraq's Kurdish region, a new generation is coming of age which has seen only two parties in power - KDP and PUK.

Anger is simmering among Iraq's Kurdish youth

Iraq

Why do Kurds continue to flee Iraq's Kurdish region?

Punitive measures Baghdad imposed on its Kurdish region have sent many Iraqi Kurds on dangerous journeys to Europe.

Why do Kurds continue to flee Iraq's Kurdish region?

Iraq

Mosul residents: 'We were the masters of the world'

Nostalgia for Iraq's Baathist past lingers amid the ruins of Mosul's old city.

Mosul residents: 'We were the masters of the world'

Iraq

Why is oil-rich Kirkuk so poor?

While political parties squabble over power and oil in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, local residents suffer.

Why is oil-rich Kirkuk so poor?

Middle East

Bafel Talabani: Another intra-Kurdish conflict will not happen

An exclusive interview about the situation in Iraq's Kurdish region, a year after the failed independence referendum.

 Bafel Talabani: Another intra-Kurdish conflict will not happen

Kurds

Opposition parties reject vote results in Iraq's Kurdish region

Kurdish opposition parties say voter fraud complaints have not been resolved, as KDP comes first in regional election.

Opposition parties reject vote results in Iraq's Kurdish region

Syria's War

After the Sochi agreement, HTS is facing internal divisions

Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham continues to pose a challenge to Turkey, which has to either disband or attack it.

After the Sochi agreement, HTS is facing internal divisions

Turkey

Turkey faces prospect of Syrian refugee wave amid currency crisis

At Turkey's southern border, locals fear another wave of refugees could damage the struggling local economy even more.

Turkey faces prospect of Syrian refugee wave amid currency crisis

Middle East

Thousands rally against looming offensive on northwest Syria

Opposition-controlled Idlib province sees massive protests, as Turkey announces new meeting between Erdogan and Putin.

Thousands rally against looming offensive on northwest Syria

Battle for Idlib

Turkey deploys reinforcements to Syrian border

Troops and tanks amassing along the border with Syria in anticipation of a major offensive and ensuing refugee crisis.

Turkey deploys reinforcements to Syrian border

Battle for Idlib

Idlib: Temporary lull sets in after days of intense bombardment

Air attacks and shelling have receded in northwest Syria, allowing a small number of displaced civilians to return home.

Idlib: Temporary lull sets in after days of intense bombardment

Battle for Idlib

Rebels, Turkey prepared for battle, but assault could be delayed

While Syrian forces and rebels step up preparations for battle for Idlib, sources say all-out attack may not start soon.

Rebels, Turkey prepared for battle, but assault could be delayed