As the Obama Administration presses forward with its planned troop’s withdrawal from Iraq. It is understandable that there might be a sudden increase in violence and terrorist attacks during the transition period were full power will be officially handed over to the Iraqi forces. The US and Iraq have both tried to play down the vulnerable political condition that is still persistent throughout most of Iraq.
Iraq still has some major political issues which the Iraqi Central Government has continuously delayed in addressing or implementing any solutions, even those highlighted in the Iraqi Constitution Article 140.
The disputed territories of Kirkuk, which remains one of the volatile issues in Iraq is no closer to being resolved that it had been during the Saddam Hussein era. With deep ethnic division between the Iraqi Arabs/ Kurds and Turkoman, the future of Kirkuk remains bleak.
The growing tension between the Iraqi Central Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government is clearly apparent with the prospect of armed conflict between the two is becoming more likely.
The Iraqi Military and police forces do not seem ready to handle the responsibility of taking full control of their own security. A recent report from Basra highlights the real situation in Basra and other province, some good but more bad.