- Posted June 29, 2014 by
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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On the issue of Iraqi Kurds
The US Secretary of State John Kerry has chosen to embark on a trip to Iraq in his official capacity, in the midst of uncertainty over Iraq's future. Apart from addressing the regional security threat from ISIL, Kerry needs to talk about the political integration concern for Iraqi Kurds.
The US has been put in a difficult position over this issue because as much as it has Iraq's best interests at heart, as far as national political integration is concerned, the Kurds view this matter rather subjectively.
The Kurds want more power over affairs in Iraq, and a portion of this includes Kurdish oil exports, but the Kurdistan regional government, KRG, has put Washington at the heart of their foreign policy agenda. The Iraq war has divided opinion for the Kurds, who also, it's important to point out, regularly have to face homeless Iraqis delve into their region seeking food and shelter.
This population increase has left the Kurds in want for more resources and with all of Kerry's talk about unifying Iraq, this is only driving the Kurds further away, from the bigger picture here, of a post-war, much more politically stable and safe Iraq.