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President Barzani Dismisses Kurds to Blame for Current Iraq Crisis

By Rudaw 19/6/2014
Barzani said that Baghdad had ignored past proposals from the Kurdistan Regional Government for solutions to the current problems facing Iraq. Photo: Rudaw
Barzani said that Baghdad had ignored past proposals from the Kurdistan Regional Government for solutions to the current problems facing Iraq. Photo: Rudaw

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani  said that responsibility for the recent turmoil in Iraq falls on those who have monopolized power in Baghdad, dismissing allegations that the Kurds are to blame for the current crisis.

Barzani’s comments came as Sunni rebels led by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have captured several cities within a week, continued their march toward Baghdad to overthrow the Shiite-led government.

“Many people would bear witness that I have long warned about the situation heading toward the unknown because of the wrong policies of those who have monopolized power in Baghdad,” Barzani said in a statement issued by his office.

“Now they are directly responsible for the future ramification of this bad situation,” he emphasized.

Some Iraqi officials, including the Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, have alleged that the Kurds are behind the lightning advances by the militants.

So far, the Kurds have been the only real winners in the turmoil in Iraq. They have moved forces into Kurdish-populated territories outside the formal KRG borders – including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk – and are continuing independent oil exports that Baghdad had vehemently tried to block.

Barzani said that Baghdad had ignored past proposals from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for solutions to the current problems facing Iraq. He reiterated there exists a special relationship between the Kurds and Shiites.

"Some are trying to create a wedge between the Kurds and Shiites and put the blame on the Kurds for the recent events. We distinguish between terrorism and the legitimate demands of the Sunni community, and we are ready to work with both Sunnis and Shiites to confront terrorists,” Barzani said.

He underscored that the KRG would never join a sectarian war under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

This situation will not go away with military action alone. The reasons behind this must be addressed and the political process must be restored on the right direction. Then defeating terrorists will be much easier, he said.

“The way of previous governance and the political situation must be changed,” Barzani added.  

He reiterated that Kurdistan is more prepared than any other time to defend the interests and lives of its people from any aggression.

The Iraqi army has all but collapsed since abandoning posts and fleeing when the extremists marched on Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, last week. 

Some reports suggest that the insurgency in Iraq is run only in part by the ISIS, saying that the bulk of it is a “revolt” by the Sunni minority of a Shiite-led country.

Kurds are also majority Sunni, but because of their different ethnicity they stand apart from Iraq’s large Sunni Arab minority.

The United States, which backs Maliki, has said it wants to the see the unpopular premier embrace the disgruntled Sunni population.

But Maliki, who is vehemently opposed by Iraq’s Sunnis, Kurds and even some fellow Shiite parties, declared this week that he was fed up with the main Sunni political bloc. 

He said he was tired of “traitors” in the government and military, and accused Saudi Arabia of backing Sunni rebels and extremists.

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kirkuk | 19/6/2014
Maliki go to hell.... free Kurdistan!!!!
Osmanov | 20/6/2014
They blame everyone else for their problems, EXCEPT themselves. Blame your own 25 billion dollar trained army for running like cowards. Not the Kurdish PESHMERGA! It is time for Kurdistan to break free, no more vultures living on Kurdish oil. Kurdistan for Kurds. And if you want to live in Kurdistan you will follow Kurdish laws or move OUT. There are over 2 million Kurds living in former Soviet countries "not counting Armenia or Azerbaijan" that wants to move back to Kurdistan. Maybe it is time to kick out non kurds and help kurds in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to move back to Kurdistan. Like Israel did with jews all over the world. Kurdistan will only be stronger with more kurds defending her.
Hoshyar | 20/6/2014
@Osmanov I totally agree with you.. we need to stop letting Arabs in, because when they enter Kurdistan they enter with Pride saying Kurdistan is theirs and it belongs to Iraq/Arabs, they have completely taken over all the tourist areas in the north.. a single Kurd cannot go there to enjoy themselves, and after they leave, they leave such mess behind.. i hate it when they come and act as if the country is theirs when we suffered so much in their hands during Saddam's time.. not a single Arab stood up for us.. Kurds couldn't even enter the Arab areas in Kurdish clothes or even have rights to speak up.. Arabs are the biggest betrayers..its in their blood.. we can never trust them and we shouldn't let them enter our lands and if we did they shouldn't interfere in anything and claim asylum.. Maliki has betrayed so many times and he expects us to put the lives of our Peshmargas on the line for him.. in his dreams!
Kurdoz | 21/6/2014
@ hoshyar.. Please bare in minds that we are no barbarians no matter what we cant send them back with all their stuff and kids.. Thats not in our Kurdish blood..
Bakir Lashkari
Bakir Lashkari | 21/6/2014
The reality is Iraq failled down as a legal State which is now divided in three practical parts! The time for forced marriage is gone! Nobody can force the other to accept the Living Apart Together, which doest work either! Time to separate is immenent!
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