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US opposition to referendum emboldened Baghdad for blockade, Masrour Barzani

By Rudaw 12/10/2017
Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Security Council, speaks to the BBC as published on October 12, 2017. Photo: screenshot
Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Security Council, speaks to the BBC as published on October 12, 2017. Photo: screenshot
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The head of the Kurdish intelligence service has said that the US opposition to the Kurdish independence referendum has emboldened Baghdad to put in place a blockade on the Kurdistan Region.
 
Masrour Barzani told BBC on Thursday they expected that the international community, including the United States, to at least support peaceful talks between the Kurdistan Region and Iraq.
 
He referred to the remarks made by the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who had said before the Kurdish vote held on September 25 that they reject any Kurdish referendum “now or in the future.”
 
Barzani said that it was after such remarks that his government decided to go ahead with the Kurdish vote, despite the opposition of the Iraqi government, the regional countries, and the international community.
 
“We are disappointed in the position the international community, and also the United States has taken opposing the referendum,” Barzani said. 
 
“What we did not expect is opposing the referendum. Now even if they did not want to support the referendum, they could have stayed neutral, or at least encouraged Baghdad and Erbil to sit around the table and sort out the problem peacefully. This hasn’t happened,” Barzani, who is heading Kurdistan’s Security Council, told the BBC.
 
“In fact this opposition has emboldened Baghdad to take such measures, and or in fact even to reach out to the neighbouring countries to put a blockade on Kurdistan and to collectively punish the people of Kurdistan,” the Kurdish security head said.
 
The Iraqi government has banned direct international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region since late last month in response to the vote, has threatened to take control of Kurdistan's land entry points with Iran and Turkey and says it plans to block Kurdish independent oil exports to the international market, as well as issuing threats to deploy forces to the disputed or Kurdistani areas claimed by both Erbil and Baghdad, if necessary.
 
The Kurdish Security Council that oversees Kurdistan’s intelligence and security agencies stated on Wednesday that the Iraqi security forces were preparing for “major attacks” on Kurdistan. The Iraqi forces and Baghdad have since denied the Kurdish claims.

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kurt basar | 13/10/2017
You are wrong Sir, USA is supporting you but not going to support you openly by dividing a country, you have work through this process, be steadfast, show unity & courage. Because most of the world nations are with the Kurd's except oppressors of the Kurd's, who are also occupiers of the Kurdish land. This era is for the Kurd's "to be or not to be", if those savage believers of the Bedouin Arab looter with the medieval dungeoneers mentality attack you, you have to defend your land with the unity to the death if it's necessary and that is how you are going to get your freedom, sorry no free ride.
duroi | 13/10/2017
The US failed policy in Iraq (plan A) has been to keep Kurds in Iraq to prevent domination of Iraq by Shiites and Iran which has already happened. Another option (plan B) will be to formally hand in Shiite regions south of 34N Par in Iraq (west of Tigris only) to Iran (plus all the Iraqi debt) in exchange for Kurdish areas in Iran (west of 48E Mer and west of Urmia lake) which will be a win for Iran. In case of confrontation in Iraq because of Iran greediness, 2nd option (plan C) for Kurds can be partnering with Sunni Arabs to capture all areas east of Tigris down to Basrah and cut off Embolic cord of Iran=/=Iraq by capturing strategic Faw-OmolQasr gateway to Persian Gulf. As part of plan C, more than 50% of oil revenue of Al-Amarah region can be promised to Sunni Arab tribes for their partnership. US and GCC will support plan C, and will oppose plan B. If Shiites prevent orderly independence of Kurds, then we will be faced with plan B and C on table.
A Kurd in exile | 13/10/2017
We the Kurds have no friend but the mountains! Knowing that, our people should be ready to live on simple bread and water for years in need be and not to back down on our quest for gaining freedom and self-determination. Great Britain was far more powerful than Iraq, Turkey and Iran when Mahātmā Gandhi and the people of India started their campaign for ending the British colonial rule in that country. They finally forced Britain to leave India through sacrifice and a strong determination. We the Kurds should follow the examples of other nations and do everything we can and accept every sacrifice to create an independent country for our nation.
Whynotindependent still? | 13/10/2017
You are allready dealing with all types of difficulties so why not declare independence right now as i am writing this recommendation.YES RIGHT NOW TODAY.This will make everything easier and you will be even stronger.You will even be able buy fighter jets.That is nothing to loose with independence right now but to win.They are making everything worse for you.Independence will make everything worse for them and just a win WIN WIN for you.Didnt turkey tell you they can come one night suddenly.And they did.Didnt abadi say they will not attack you and they did.Didnt hashda shabi say they wont attack and they did.Dont waste time declare independence and figth but dont wait until the come attack you or take some of your land first.As soon as you see little sign of direct threat attack them first before they do it to you because you are thr right one.Otherwise it will be worse or to late for you.And the political force of the world will be behind you as the world's civilian force allready with you.
Johnny Bud
Johnny Bud | 14/10/2017
What Kurdistan?
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