Kirkuk Oil Fields
This is the biggest problem facing the Iraqi Government, how to settle the Kurds claim to Kirkuk and to the oil lying below the surface. See more about this below the Oil Field and Pipeline Map photo.
In Pakistan, an exodus that is beyond biblical is a story everyone should have read before the displacement of the people of South Waziristan started four months ago.
The big attack by the Pakistan Military will duplicate this tragic scene once again on the innocent civilians by “their government”. “Destroy the town to save it?”, does that sound familiar? A special thanks to Bill Roggio at The Long War for posting a story that points to a study “Pakistani Capabilities for a CounterinsurgencyCampaign: A Net Assessment” written by Sameer Lalwani for the New America This is a MUST READ by all our government officials that have to understand what the choices are in an armed conflict in South Waziristan or other tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Please take a quick look at this document.
Day before Yesterday’s Stories:
From a story entitled “Americans sceptic (sp) of victory in Afghanistan By Shahid R. Siddiqi”: Republican senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, who accompanied Obama to Iraq during latter’s political campaign, to advise him last week to listen to the recording of that conversation between President Lyndon B. Johnson and then-Senator Richard Russell (D-Ga.) about Vietnam wherein “LBJ told Russell that we would not win in Vietnam but that he did not want to pull out and be the first American president to lose a war.”
South Waziristan News:
After two months of cannon shellings and bombings from airplanes, assasination Drones, and helicopters, the Pakistan Military is getting ready to attack South Waziristan. In this story, “Pak bombs Taliban hideouts in south Waziristan” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Reuters in an interview in Singapore the offensive was “imminent”. “There is no mercy for them because our determination and resolve is to flush them out,” Malik said. “They have no room in Pakistan, I promise you.” About 28,000 troops have been put in place to take on an estimated 10,000 hard-core Taliban, army officials said earlier. See our earlier South Waziristan War story here.
[Ed. Note: Over 125,000 human residents of the South Waziristan have left the area because of the bombings and the fear of the upcoming invasion by the Pakistan Military. Where did they go? Where are the ‘camps’? What happened to the Swat Valley ‘displaced’, as many have not returned, where are they? Let’s see some video footage of the Swat Valley destruction, and the return of the people of Swat Valley. This scene will be replayed in South Waziristan, and it is being played out now.]
Remember, it is about OIL and GAS:
Kurdistan News: Visit The Kurdistan Regional Government website. The Kurdistan Region is an autonomous region in federal Iraq. It borders Syria to the west, Iran to the east, and Turkey to the north, where fertile plains meet the Zagros mountains, and is traversed by the Tigris, Big Zab, and Little Zab rivers. Area: 40,643 square kilometres(about the size of the Netherlands) Population: 3,757,058 Capital city: Erbil (also known as Hewler) Kurdistan has at least 1,307 known archaeological sites. Among the most famous is the Erbil citadel, the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the world, which has been settled since 6,000 BC. Another is the Shanidar cave, where nine Neanderthal skeletons were found dating between 60-80,000 years. The cave is in Bradost mountain, in Erbil province.
Since 2003, no one has been kidnapped or killed by warring factions in the Kurdistan Region. It is a safe area of Iraq, although they get shelled by the Turkish Military from time to time. Languages: mainly Kurdish; Turkmani, Arabic, Armenian, and Assyrian in some areas. With a population of currently around 4 million and rapidly increasing, the three governorates of Duhok, Erbil and Suleimaniah cover approximately 40,000 square kilometres – four times the area of Lebanon and larger than that of the Netherlands. Oil Contracts signed by Kurdistan Regional Government: International expert finds KRG oil contracts “in the national interests”, “far superior” for Iraq than model contract proposed by Baghdad federal oil ministry Federal Ministry of Oil model “would be disastrous for Iraq”; would lose trillions of dollars for Iraqi people. Read the full report at the above link. The biggest question of all of Iraq’s issues is what happens to Kirkuk? The richest oil fields to be explored and drilled in all of Iraq? The Kurds say it belongs to them, and by historical information, they are correct. See our Kurdistan Stories here.
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Our Opinion: Is there a second Ghandi here? How about a reduction in troops by 20,000 (including NATO) and setting a date for total withdrawl? People will say “you can’t do that, the Taliban will win”. Are we in Afghanistan to protect a government? Wern’t we told we were there to get Bin Laden and al Quaeda?
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