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The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has seized upon the chaos in the rest of Iraq to move closer toward independence from Baghdad.
KRG President Masoud Barzani all but announced a split from the center, saying in a US television interview that the time had come for the Kurds to determine their future. With Kurdish Peshmerga controlling parts of Kirkuk and cash flow coming in from independent oil sales, the KRG is closer to realizing its dream of independence than it was two weeks ago.
Mr Barzani, speaking on CNN television on 24 June, says the Kurds of Iraq had tried to support a democratic Iraq since 2003 but the experience had failed. Iraq has “fallen apart” and the Kurds cannot remain hostage to the unknown.
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