Kurdish Government Threatens to Sue Iraq Over Oil Exports—May Be Moving Forward on Independent State

not yetWikipediaIraq has lost metaphorical and real ground in its ongoing dispute with the Kurdish regional government over oil exports—the first thing I wrote about here more than two years ago. Back then Iraq's central government was busy trying to coerce foreign oil companies into not making lucrative deals with the stable government in Arbil. And now, as Reuters explains:

Baghdad has cut the KRG's budget since January over the dispute, arguing the sales are illegal, and has repeatedly threatened to sue any firm that buys oil from the autonomous region.

But since the KRG took control of the northern oil hub of Kirkuk amid the retreat of the Iraqi military from the Islamic State-led insurgency, the autonomous region has been emboldened.

On Thursday, the president of Iraq's Kurdish north asked the region's parliament to prepare the way for a referendum on its long-saught goal of independence.

The Kurdish people have never had an independent country of their own. Turkey, which also has a geographically contiguous area populated by Kurds, has long opposed the creation of a Kurdish state—quelling rebellions at home and fearing an independent state carved out of Iraq would make it harder for them to manage their Kurdish majority. Apparently no more. A spokesperson for Turkey's ruling party said earlier this week the country was ready to welcome an independent Kurdish state. Turkey, fore one, appears to be choosing stability over sectarianism.

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  • Brandon||

    Good. Let us buy their oil and sell them weapons, computers and food. As individuals and corporations. And keep our government the fuck out of it, so they can stay stable.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Turkey for one welcomes their new Kurdish overlords.

  • Wasteland Wanderer||

    More like they welcome a place they can send their trouble makers to.

  • Sevo||

    Pretty sure some of those trouble-makers are Kurds claiming a part of Turkey, so there's not much chance they'll stay where they're sent.

  • Irish||

    Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, doesn't know that the Tories and Conservatives are the same party.

    It doesn’t matter in our country whether it’s a Republican or Democrat, or frankly in your country whether it’s a Conservative or a Tory. There is a level of trust and understanding. It doesn’t mean we always agree because of course we don’t.

    There's also another great quote from Clinton on that page:

    “I have never understood multiparty democracy.

    “It is hard enough with two parties to come to any resolution, and I say this very respectfully, because I feel the same way about our own democracy, which has been around a lot longer than European democracy.”

    Given that most democratic nations on Earth have a parliamentary system, I'm not sure how the head diplomat of America could find them so confusing.

  • Rich||

    Good grief. Our "Secretary of State" and would-be President.

  • Irish||

    I also like that she thinks the primary goal of government is to 'come to a resolution' without regard for what the consequences are.

    I mean, if two parties are better than three parties, then just think how smooth our country could be run with just one party!

  • Rich||

    Or *no* party!

  • Cytotoxic||

    Just The People. And someone to speak for and watch over them: God-King Xerxes Obama.

    Am I the only one struck by the similarities between the two? Even the little mannerisms were uncannily similar.

  • Rhywun||

    just one party Party

    FTFY.

  • Irish||

    Federal government illegally seizes the domain of a social network for prostitutes.

    Thank God those nefarious social conservatives have been defeated by the noble progressives!

  • Paul.||

    How can we make this Bush's fault?

  • Cytotoxic||

    I've been following this very closely and the ineptitude and TUFF GAI posturing by the Iraqi government are hilarious (as well as very damaging to the Iraqi people). For instance: cutting off funds to the KRG over oil exports. Well gosh, the KRG is now hard up for money. I wonder what this cash-strapped oil-rich region will do? FOR MONEY. WHAT WILL IT EXPORT MORE OF?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Yeah, that one's a real head-scratcher. Speaking of someone who's not exactly keen on partition as a cure-all, it certainly seems that Iraq is hurtling in that direction in the worst possible way, regardless. Wonder what would have happened in a more stable managed partition plan?

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Speaking *as* someone

    Sorry.

  • Sevo||

    ..."it certainly seems that Iraq is hurtling in that direction in the worst possible way, regardless. Wonder what would have happened in a more stable managed partition plan?"

    I'm not seeing this as a disaster. "We" have been trying to "manage" their problem for X years and have failed.
    Now, the people there (whether we like them or not) are "managing" the partition to their satisfaction.
    I think they'll do a better job than Churchill after lunch, not to mention Shrillery (if she got the chance)

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    The people there 'managing' the partition are not your average Middle Easterners; on their best day they resemble the gang of crooks running our lives from the Potomac. On their worst, they're a cross between Milosevic and Muhammad.

    Not saying it's our business, but I have no confidence that the politically active elements of Iraqi society are any more equipped to manage the affairs of state than we are.

  • Sevo||

    "Not saying it's our business, but I have no confidence that the politically active elements of Iraqi society are any more equipped to manage the affairs of state than we are."

    So at least whatever results is their fuck up, not ours?
    I LIKE it!

  • Sevo||

    And to add to my comment: Do you have a better alternative?
    Because we don't have the option of perfection or whatever; if there's none better than letting the people living there determine it, why, they'll get my vote.

  • The Immaculate Trouser||

    Do you have a better alternative?


    Oh, hell no. I have no alternative -- good or otherwise. I'm merely of the opinion that any judgment of the 'it's coming up roses' variety is... premature.

  • Sevo||

    Pangloss ain't here, man!

  • Cytotoxic||

    Still can't make comments or replies on the PM Links you incompetent twats.

  • MWG||

    Are there still commenting issues? I haven't tried lately, but the number of comments seems low for most of the posts.

  • Sevo||

    Cyto,
    (Sounds trivial) but try a preview/refresh/submit.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    When that happens I've found that closing the page and re-opening it restores my voice. Still ass-backwards, but it's the work-around that Reason and their Skwrl masters have left me with.

  • ||

    I served as an advisor to a mixed Kurd-Arab Brigade. Kurds should seek independence. It's all but in name now (even before Syrian crisis). Love my Kurdish brothers...the others...not so much.

  • Sevo||

    I am amazed that a Kurdistan is not yet legally recognized.
    Well, not really amazed; the Turks have some leverage in the matter.

  • buybuydandavis||

    Which is why Turkey being in favor of independence for Kurds now is a big deal.

    The Kurds need to strike now while ISIL is screwing with the central government.

  • Sevo||

    buybuydandavis|7.3.14 @ 8:52PM|#
    "Which is why Turkey being in favor of independence for Kurds now is a big deal."

    So Turkey is in favor of Iraq turning space over to the Kurds for a Kurdistan? But, of course, Turkey's borders are sacrosanct and inviolable?
    Hmm, wonder why they're doing that?
    Seriously, if those there opt to do so, it's fine by me.

  • wef||

    May I ask a stupid question? On what basis does the regime in baghdad claim any legitimate authority at all in parts kurdish, or anywhere else?

  • ||

    Same as how Turkey claims authority in its parts Kurdish.

  • Sevo||

    wef|7.3.14 @ 10:24PM|#
    "May I ask a stupid question? On what basis does the regime in baghdad claim any legitimate authority at all in parts kurdish, or anywhere else?"

    Churchill might have something to do with this.

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