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United States finally comes out in opposition to Kurdish separatist referendum in Iraq

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After many months of sending mixed signals, the US has finally come out in opposition to a unilateral referendum for separatism which is being conducted by Kurdish organisers in northern Iraq.

With the exception of Israel which supports Kurdish separatism, every country in the region and beyond has condemned the referendum, including Russia.

Turkey has stated that it will conduct sanctions against Kurdish regions of Iraq should the referendum even take place, irrespective of the result. Turkey has on occasion had better relations with Iraqi Kurds when contrasted with the PKK aligned Kurdish factions in Syria which Turkey considers to be terrorists.

A spokesperson for the US State Department has issued the following statement on the referendum,

“The United States strongly opposes the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s referendum on independence, planned for September 25. All of Iraq’s neighbours, and virtually the entire international community, also oppose this referendum”.

Instead, the former Fox News presenter Heather Nauert, whom Donald Trump appointed to her position in the Department of State, said that Kurds in Iraq should focus on engaging in dialogue with Baghdad.

Ironically, during the final decade of Saddam Hussein’s Presidency, the US was looking to weaken Iraq in any way possible and one of the simplest ways to do this was to support Kurdish separatists. Saddam Hussein had incidentally, already given Kurds substantial autonomy by the late 1990s.

Now though, that America has invested billions of dollars into its seemingly permanent presence in Iraq, Washington does not want to alienate the Iraqis by supporting a separatist movement.

The US position on Iraqi Kurds however, is unrelated to its position in Syria which remains ambiguous. While Iraq is now legally speaking, a partner of the US, Syria is not. The US may therefore use Syrian Kurds, to try and destroy Syria’s territorial integrity. That being said, Turkey is even more opposed to Kurdish separatism in Syria than it is in Iraq.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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S.M. De Kuyper
S.M. De Kuyper
September 21, 2017

The invasion of Iraq was to take it over for the US and this posting states that goal has been accomplished.
This is the exact same type of takeover Hitler did, one country after the other. The American (and EU) astonishment and rage at Russia for stopping the US takeover of Syria tells us WW11 is not over. US has become the Fourth Reich. Read the provable book by Jim Marrs.

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September 21, 2017

Anyone who believes that the US isn’t in alliance with Israel in supporting autonomy for the Kurds in Iraq, regardless of what they publicly pronounce, is smoking something very, very strong. Or, another possibility, is that they make a living serving at the altar of those who benefit from High Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Tommy Jensen
Tommy Jensen
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September 23, 2017


September 22, 2017

On the one hand they don’t want to lose Turkey, on the other hand they don’t want to lose their new puppet occupied lands. But they don’t know that you can’t bow to one direction without showing your ass in the other direction.

In the end they will lose both.

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