October 27, 2009
Posted: 1328 GMT

Filed under: I-Desk Poll •Iraq

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Judy   October 27th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

I think even with the upcoming election the circumstances in Iraq will not realy change, unfortunately. It will take some more time to achieve a balance there.

Fawad   October 28th, 2009 2:00 pm ET

Not sure. Probably not. There are places where it seems like nothing works to stop violence. Iraq is one of them.

Kamal Kader, Retired Senior Intelligence Specialist and current Regional Investigators Inc., C.E.O.   April 3rd, 2010 2:04 pm ET

The United States should act now before it’s too late. The fact is the Kurdish Regional Government has and will always demand the city of Kirkuk to be part of Kurdistan because it is a Kurdish City, regardless of who is in power or the results of the current election. Kurdish and Arab disputes over Kirkuk go back to 1961. Even though Kirkuk is a Kurdish city, the Iraqi Government (Arab) refuses to acknowledge this fact. The Kurdish people were at war with the Iraqi government over Kirkuk for more than 40 years. The tension is mounting over the Kirkuk debate, while the United States does nothing besides act as a spectator. However, the United States government promised the Kurdish people before and during the war against Saddam Hussein’s regime the fate of Kirkuk would be part of Kurdish territory, as this was indicated in the Iraqi Constitution. This action would result in a peaceful, democratic Iraq. Historically Kirkuk is part of Kurdistan; therefore, the Kurdish will reject any deals or agreements with the central government if Kirkuk is not included in the autonomous Kurdish region. Due to the Iraqi central government being under the pressure of other Arab countries, as well as Iran and Turkey, the central government will reject the Kurdish demands. Therefore, this will not leave the Kurdistan Regional Government any other options besides resuming a war with the Iraqi central government. Most of the United States military will withdraw from Iraq by the end of August 2010, according to President Obama’s plan; moreover, the other 50,000 troops/trainers will leave Iraq by the end of 2011. It is less costly for the United States of America to act now while American troops are still in Iraq. The United States must decide the destiny of Kirkuk and the Kurdish people in Iraq; otherwise, they will face the following scenario in 2012: The Kurdish people will be at war with the Iraqi central government. The Kurdish are familiar with their territories, they have the mountainous terrain at an advantage, and have better, more experienced fighters than central government they will most likely hold on fighting for years, even with the Iranian government assisting the Iraqi Shiite government. If the Kurdish people prove that they are able to fight the Iraqi Shiite central government they will be assisted financially & otherwise by other Arab countries such as: Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and the Gulf Countries and including the United States number one enemy, al-Qaida. These nations do not help the Kurdish because of their interests in the successes of the Kurdish, the aid is provided because of their dislike for the Shiite government and the fear of Iran’s control over the region. As the old saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. The United States of America must act now to solve the dispute over Kirkuk. Otherwise, the region will become a disruptive territory in the upcoming years.

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