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IRAQ – MIDDLE EAST
The Kurdistan referendum and the threats to peace in the Middle East
The referendum set for 25 September calls for the region’s independence from Iraq. All major powers as well as Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq oppose it. The dream of a Kurdish nation state emerged at the end of the Ottoman Empire. Now many fear a domino effect across the Middle East.
Keep Saddam alive, says Kurdish leader
Saddam's trial should be global and bring to light all the massacres and genocides as well as the collusion of many Western and Middle-Eastern countries that backed or sold weapons to the dictatorship.
Christians fear more attacks, Iraqi ambassador in Rome pledges protection
In Iraq, Osama Bin Laden’s death might spark more terrorist attacks against religious minorities. The “most important thing is to ensure the security of Christians,” Saywan Barzani says. On Iraqi TV, the terrorist leader is described as a “saint”.
Kirkuk oil behind anti-Kurdish suicide bombings
A wave of attacks in northern Iraq on the border with Kurdistan sets off alarm bells in the Kurdish region which had been hitherto spared the type of violence that prevails elsewhere. Locals complain about increasing impediments on movement like the growing number of checkpoints and controls. Kurdish government representative says attacks aim at undermining the only example of democracy and development in the area; he expects tensions to stay high till the end of the year when a vote over Kirkuk will take place. This issue tops Kurdistan’s agenda.
18/10/2017 20:44:00 IRAQ
Iraqi Kurdistan caught between Talabani's death and Barzani's political suicide
Kirkuk's seizure by the Iraqi army marks a turning point, and certainly widens the split between Talabani’s supporters and those of Barzani. Turkey and Iran are happy at the end of the dream for independence.
12/12/2006 IRAQ – US
Baker report no help to Iraq’s stability, says Kurdish envoy
Saywan Barzani, nephew of Kurdistan’s president, explains criticism levelled at Baker-Hamilton report. In his view Iraq’s constitution should be respected, status quo in Kirkuk is not tenable, reconciliation with Baathists is not possible. As for dialogue with Iran and Syria, Iraq can do it on its own; US should stick to enforcing border security.
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