Mariya Petkova

Mariya Petkova

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

Syria's War

Raqqa residents flee amid fear of Syrian government return

Since October, dozens have left the city fearing reconciliation deal between the SDF and the Syrian gov't, locals say.

Raqqa residents flee amid fear of Syrian government return

Syria's War

Syria opposition commanders warn of Idlib military escalation

Rising tensions in northwest Syria, where government offensive has displaced over 700,000 civilians since December.

Syria opposition commanders warn of Idlib military escalation

Middle East

Idlib IDPs: 'The situation is so bad, it is like Judgement Day'

Lack of humanitarian aid and soaring prices of basic goods may lead to famine in northwest Syria, aid workers warn.

Idlib IDPs: 'The situation is so bad, it is like Judgement Day'

Middle East

Shadow of strife looms over Iraq's political crisis

As prime minister says he will resign, officials and analysts warn Iraq faces deepening deadlock.

Shadow of strife looms over Iraq's political crisis

Middle East

Why are Iraqi Kurds not taking part in protests?

Anti-government demonstrations have gripped much of Iraq, but streets in Kurdish region have been calm.

Why are Iraqi Kurds not taking part in protests?

Russia

What did Russia get from its KRG gamble?

Energy giant Rosneft struck major deals with Iraq's Kurdish region in 2017. Today, it has yet to cash in on them.

What did Russia get from its KRG gamble?

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