Is Iraqi Kurdistan heading toward civil war?

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    Is Iraqi Kurdistan heading toward civil war?

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    By: Denise Natali

    The campaign against the Islamic State (IS) in Mosul has diverted attention from simmering problems inside the Kurdistan Region of Iraq that will affect post-conflict stabilization. Within the last several months alone, there has been another assassination of a Kurdish journalist, an "honor" killing of a university student, death threats against a female Kurdish parliamentarian, bombing of an Iranian Kurdish party office that killed seven people and a string of foiled terrorist attacks in Sulaimaniyah province. These incidents have occurred alongside ongoing demonstrations by civil servants for unpaid salaries, a nonfunctioning Kurdish parliament, swelling numbers of refugees and internally displaced persons, an expanded Kurdistan Workers Party(PKK) and Turkish airstrikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq. They have not only reversed most gains the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has realized since 2011, but also leave the Kurdistan Region increasingly vulnerable to financial collapse and internal conflict.
    Instead of "inevitable Kurdish statehood" after the defeat of IS, a more realistic scenario is weakened autonomy, political entropy and armed conflicts. The KRG launched "independent" exports in 2014, but the Kurdish economy is now in tatters. KRG debt exceeds $22 billion. The availability of electricity has decreased to 2005 levels, or about four hours a day in many areas without private generators. Tens of thousands of youths continue to migrate from the region. The once-touted Kurdish energy sector is being undermined legally and politically. Although the KRG exports about 600,000 barrels of oil per day to Ceyhan, these exports remain contentious, are dependent on Turkey and are largely sourced from Kirkuk — still a disputed territory — and not the Kurdistan Region. International oil companies have thus far abandoned 19 oil fields in the Kurdistan Region, including ExxonMobil’s withdrawal from three of its six fields.

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    نصب پرچم کردستان در استان کرکوک عراق و اعتراض ترکمن ها
    «بارزانی» سقوط موصل را به معنای آغاز تجزیه عراق می‌داند
    http://www.farsnews....=13951216000405



    دولت عراق: نصب پرچم کردستان در استان کرکوک بی‌سابقه و خلاف قانون اساسی است
    «سعد الحدیثی» سخنگوی نخست‌وزیر عراق، در اولین واکنش به نصب پرچم منطقه کردستان در اداره‌ها و مراکز استان کرکوک، تأکید کرد که قانون اساسی در این باره کاملا مشخص و واضح است.
    الحدیثی در گفت‌و‌گو با پایگاه خبری شبکه السومریه، گفت: ما با این موضوع بر اساس قانون اساسی رفتار می‌کنیم و قانون اساسی نیز شفاف و صریح اختیارات دولت فدرال را در مقابل دولت‌های محلی در استان‌هایی که تماما به اقلیم کردستان ملحق نشده‌اند مشخص کرده است.
    او افزود: قانون اساسی همچنین حدود و اختیارات منطقه کردستان را نیز مشخص کرده است و اقلیم کردستان نیز قانون اساسی و پارلمان و دولت دارد. همچنین در این باره قانون استان‌های سال 2008 نیز وجود دارد و حقیقتا هیچ یک از این قوانین به دولت محلی هیچ استانی اجازه نداده تا پرچم خود را بر روی ساختمان‌ها و مؤسسات دولتی موجود در آن نصب کند.
    http://www.farsnews....=13960108000789



    ابراز نگرانی ترکیه از برافراشته شدن پرچم کردستان در «کرکوک»
    «مولود چاووش‌اوغلو» وزیر خارجه ترکیه از برافراشته شدن پرچم‌های «منطقه کردستان عراق» در استان «کرکوک» ابراز نگرانی کرد.
    http://www.farsnews....=13960109000410

    Kirkuk Council approves raising Kurdistan flag on all governmental buildings
    http://www.kurdistan...ental-buildings
    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu slams move to raise Kurdish flags Kirkuk
    http://www.trtworld....-in-iraq-326403
    Turkmen protest raising Kurdish flag in Kirkuk
    http://www.iraqinews...sh-flag-kirkuk/

     
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