Post-ISIS Iraq should be split in three: top Kurdish official

Reuters reports: Once Islamic State is defeated, Iraq should be divided into three separate entities to prevent further sectarian bloodshed, with a state each given to Shi’ite Muslims, Sunnis and Kurds, a top Kurdish official said on Thursday.

Iraqi troops have expelled Islamic State from some cities the militants seized in 2014, and are advancing on Mosul, the largest city under IS control. Its fall would likely mean the end of the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.

But even if Islamic State was eliminated, Iraq would still be deeply divided. Sectarian violence has continued for years and a power-sharing agreement has only led to discontent, deadlock and corruption.

Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Security Council and son of KRG President Massoud Barzani, said the level of mistrust was such that they should not remain “under one roof”.

“Federation hasn’t worked, so it has to be either confederation or full separation,” Barzani told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday in the Kurdish capital Erbil. “If we have three confederated states, we will have equal three capitals, so one is not above the other.” [Continue reading…]

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  1. Dieter Heymann

    The cause for the establishment of this Caliphate is much more complex than the recent foreign interventions and violent regime changes either real (Iraq, Libya) or not yet (Syria). It has deep anchors in the history of Islam and is certainly in large part due to the dismemberment of the Ottoman empire after WW1.
    Although Sultan Suleiman I was not a true Caliph he has to be a role model for ISIL.

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