• 'The Turks are Invading, Sir.' Last Thursday, correspondent Sam Dagher went to interview Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, at his residence and office in Arbil, in northern Iraq.
"He greeted me with a big smile and he seemed to be brimming with hope and energy," says Sam. The prime minister had just returned from a trip to South Korea where he signed an memorandum of understanding for the biggest oil and infrastructure projects in the history of the region.
"We were talking about the tensions between his region and Baghdad over oil contracts. The talk shifted to Turkey. Then one of his assistants came in with a mobile phone saying he had a very urgent call.