Friday, February 20, 2009

Kurdish Arab Tensions Rekindled

As Iraq continues on its path towards rebuilding itself with a stable democratic foundation, it has neglected some major issues, the results of which are beginning to surface. Most notably the unresolved issue of the disputed areas, along a 300-mile strip of disputed territory that stretches across northern Iraq. Tensions have began to rise in an area that already has deep ethnic division, especially between the Arabs supported by the Iraq Central Government led by Nuri al-Maliki and the Kurdish Regional Government led by President Masoud Barzani. With the continuous delay in the implementation of Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution the situation remained unresolved, which seems to deepen the political instability in Kirkuk. Will this lead to outbreak of war between the Kurds and Arabs?


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