International Media see Kurdistan stepping toward independence
Following the security unrest in Iraq, political views have changed toward Iraq in and the Kurdistan Region. International media in general see Iraq going to be divided and Kurdistan becoming independent.
Iraqi Kurds strengthen their positions while Isis advances on Baghdad
Iraqis in Baghdad and the country>s south are already calling the events of the past weeks «the catastrophe». Not so an inhabitant of the would-be Iraqi Kurdish capital of Erbil, where joy is unrestrained and a long-held sense of destiny is ever closer to being realized.
As the central government teeters under the insurgent onslaught, the fate of Erbil appears more assured than ever. Kurdish politicians, in the past not shy to criticize Arab Iraqi leaders, but coy about their national ambitions, are now openly touting «a new reality».
To Kurdish officials and locals alike, a tectonic shift in the balance of power between Iraq>s two power bases, and peoples, has taken place. And Kirkuk, the bitterly contested oil hub, is at the epicenter.
The Kurdistan region has already landed on the global energy map. Regarding the so-called disputed territories, Peshmerga forces have entered these areas after the Iraqi army abandoned their positions. The KRG had and still has an obligation to protect civilians in these areas and to ensure that army bases, cities, and land areas do not fall into the hands of terrorists. Iraqi Kurdistan Comes
into Its Own
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil, where government coffers have been swollen by the sale of its first shipment of crude oil—at $97 a barrel the unknown buyer has struck a decent deal.
Mr. Kerry hopes to persuade Erbil to help form a new central government. The Kurds will probably take the opportunity to pour water on Baghdad’s ire about its crude exports. Three tankers laden with KRG oil have sailed from the Turkish port of Ceyhan since May 22—the Iraqi government is furious, impotent and distracted.
The London Pan-Arab daily al-Hayat says that its sources in Erbil are saying that Kurdistan Region President, Masoud Barzani, told U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry that he planned to secede from Iraq and that the U.S. would have to accept it.
Israel reiterate their support for Kurds Time for Israel to Help
Today the world clam- ors for a Palestinian Arab state but strangely turns its back upon Kurdish national independence and statehood.
There is a people who, like the Jews, can trace their ancestry in their homeland back thousands of years. They are the Kurds, and it is highly instructive to review their remarkable history in conjunction with that of the Jews. It is also necessary to review the historical injustices imposed upon them over the centuries by hostile neighbors and empires.
Even though it lives in a terrible neighborhood and desperately seeks friends, Israel cannot and must not evade its unique responsibility towards the Kurdish people, who also suffer from the depredations of their hostile neighbors. The Jewish state must not ignore the Kurds, who remain stateless and shunned by the world and who seek, at last, the historic justice they have craved for cen- turies but been denied - an independent, sovereign state of their own.
Israel tells U.S. Kurdish independence is <foregone conclusion>
Israel told the United States on Thursday Kurdish independence in northern Iraq was a «foregone conclusion» and Israeli experts predicted the Jewish state would be quick to recognise a Kurdish state, should it emerge.
Israel has maintained discreet military, intelligence and business ties with the Kurds since the 1960s, seeing in the minority ethnic group a buffer against shared Arab adversaries.
Iraq>s Kurds Sell Oil to Israel, Move Closer To In-
Since Saddam Hussein’s fall, Iraq’s Kurdistan region thrived – largely thanks to the oil industry. It’s grown about 10 percent annually, according to an Oct. 2013 report in the New York Times.
International oil companies are pouring billions of dollars into Iraqi Kurdistan, home to about 45 billion barrels of oil, according to Forbes magazine.
And the Kurds have built a new pipeline to Turkey that will eventually allow 400,000 barrels per day to flow to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.
Turkey, which has a collegial relationship with Iraq’s Kurds but not its own Kurdish population, supports the possibility of Iraqi Kurdistan independence. Huseyin Celik, spokesperson for Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party, told Rudaw the people of Iraqi Kurdistan “would have the right to self-determination like other nations” if Iraq splits apart. But he said Turkey would rather Iraq stay united.
With new grip on oil fields, Iraq Kurds unveil plan to ramp up exports
Iraq>s self-ruling Kurds outlined plans to swiftly ramp up oil exports now that their forces have seized control of Iraq>s main northern oil fields, a move that could tear up the settlement holding Iraq together since the fall of Saddam.
According to many political observers and business researchers, the current situation in Iraq has created great chances for have an independent state. Kurds have to work hard in order to find suitable mechanisms for making their dream come true.