Kurds and Iraq, the Elephant in the Room

This is a good capture of what has been transpiring in Iraq about the Kurds lands. The Kurds have passed their own Constitution.  They have even made Oil Deals with oil companies independently of Iraq Oil Ministry.  This will be a blood bath once the issue can not be avoided as it is being avoided now.  The Kurds want their own Kurdistan, not only the little area within Iraq, but a good chunk of Turkey, a small part of Syria, and a part of Iran, home of the 40,000,000 Kurds, the largest nationality without a country.  Read Ahmed Janabi’s story that appeared in AlJazzera.net under ABOUT on the right of this page.  Here’s a portion of his article:

Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has been at the centre of rising tensions with the federal government in Baghdad following a number of disputes over power sharing, land, oil contracts and drilling. 

Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, made his first trip to the region in more than two years on Sunday in a bid to resolve key disputes over land and oil.

Both al-Maliki and the Kurdish leaders tried to downplay their long-standing differences in public, with al-Maliki telling reporters: “Differences of opinion are very normal because we are building a state on the ruins of dictatorship … I think we largely agree, and if there are disputes, they are small.”

Massoud Barzani, the region’s president, said a high-level Kurdish delegation would visit Baghdad to “resolve problems”.

The rising tensions had triggered speculation of an eventual armed clash between Baghdad and the region, which won its autonomy with US backing, after the 1991 Gulf War.

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