Turkish raids raise Iraqi Kurdish leadership stakes

The article states:  “Barzani, the 68-year-old leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), has been at the helm of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region for 10 years.  His term was extended for two years in 2013 and expires on August 19.  Barzani argues his leadership is crucial to the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group but the other parties in Kurdistan seem to agree they will not give him another free ride.”

“The KDP has asked us to extend the president’s term again but we have rejected this and it is now necessary to find a solution,” said Imad Ahmed, a political bureau member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).  The PUK of former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani is the KDP’s historic rival but the relatively recently founded Gorran (Change) party has six more seats with 24.”


On 2 AUG 15 NEC-SE posted the article: “Iraq’s Kurds Ask PKK Rebels To Withdraw (KDP possible deal with Turkey)”. In the article we stated: “When the elections for the KRG which were scheduled for 20 AUG 15 were canceled, you knew that a behind the door deal may have been struck between the KDP and the Turkish leadership, the latter which have political control over the top portions of the KRG provinces. Given the request by the KRG for the PKK to withdraw from their territories, it’s obvious that the Kurdish groups have turned against each other for political viability of their leadership.”

“This is another reason why the Assyrians have asked for self-governance, given the Kurdish leadership is still tribal in mentality and only want their political groups to survive at any and all costs to what they call their national aspirations.”


With all this said you have to give it to the western photographer who took the picture at an angle which shown President Barzani’s on his way to being toppled.

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