When the President of Kurdistan Government, Massud Barzani went to the United States to visit with U.S. officials in Washington D.C.. I am sure he was shocked at the U.S. response. The F-16 plane deal would still go ahead as planned. Barzani said that he feels threatened if PM Maliki had access to them. Let’s look at this realistically.
Iraq has a professional Army of several hundred thousand soldiers. They have over 200 new American M-1 tanks also bought from the U.S. government. Doesn’t Barzani feel threatened by the M-1 Tanks? Doesn’t he feel threatened by the professional Iraqi Army? The same Iraqi Army that crushed the Mehdi Army (Militia) in the south?
The Kurdistan Region stopped producing Oil in the Northern Region. This will not hurt the Baghdad Central Government as the Oil exports in the south have increased and this will take up the loss from the North. As I have said in my video Podcast 17 April the Kurds just shot themselves in the foot. They will come crawling back to the Central Government as they do every year.
The Kurds are wanting funds from the Iraq Central government to pay the Oil companies that are operating in the North. The Central Government wants their money from all the Oil smuggling that has been going on for years. Billions of dollars worth.
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