Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kurds have no plans to leave Kirkuk

Iraq's Kurds have seized the chance created by the current crisis to capture more territory and build the foundations of a future independent state.
From their autonomous enclave in northern Iraq, Kurdish “Peshmerga” fighters have advanced to take over disputed areas, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, which they claim as their capital.
The Iraqi army has been in no position to resist thanks to the onslaught mounted by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), an al-Qaeda affiliate. The Peshmerga have even been able to take over abandoned military bases.
Kurdish leaders view the sudden collapse of the Iraqi state across the north of with barely concealed glee, regarding this as a unique opportunity to strengthen their own hand.
Yousif Mohammed Sadiq, the parliamentary speaker of the Kurdish Regional Government, told The Telegraph that the capture of Kirkuk was justified and there was no question of the Peshmerga relinquishing their gains.

Jeremiah prophesied that a "great nation" north of the land of Babylon, peopled by the "Medes", would battle the Chaldeans, defeat them, and plunder their treasures. Today the Medes are known as the Kurds, and we are on the verge of those people declaring their independence and establishing a nation of Kurdistan that stretches across the entire northern boundary of Iraq, from Iran to Syria.

While Iraq disintegrates, Kurdistan consolidates its power, wealth and influence. From humble subservience to Saddam just a decade ago, it is becoming a "great nation" before our eyes. Just as Jeremiah foresaw.



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