Seeing the writing on the walk, the President of Iraqi Kurdistan resigned this week as Iraqi forces continued their advance against the Kurds. The fighting is over who gets to control the oil fields in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The Kurds voted for independence recently.
The Iraqis responded by launching an invasion of the region. While the US has given no clear support to Iraq, it has also done nothing to indicate it plans on stopping Iraq or helping the Kurds, who were strong US allies in the fight against ISIS. Now that the ISIS foe is largely broken (save for a slight resurgence in Kurdish lands, thanks to Iraq’s invasion), it seems the US has no further use for the Kurds.
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After substantial military losses in recent weeks to the Iraqi central government, Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has announced that he will be resigning from his position on November 1.
Barzani has been president of Kurdistan since 2005, and while his term in office technically expired in August of 2015, he has repeatedly extended his time in office, and the announcement means he won’t be extending further.
Barzanis time in power include massive centralizing of power in his position, and that’s going to set the stage for a major shakeup, as the Kurdistan regional parliament looks to shake-up who in the region various powers are delegated to.
Barzani’s ouster was considered a foregone conclusion after the successful independence referendum ended in an Iraqi invasion and major territory losses. Barzani says he intends to continue to fight for independence for Kurdistan.