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The New Kurdish vs. Iraq War is a Major Headache for America

As expected, Iraq has now declared war on Kurdistan with the stated war goal of seizing control of the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003, the state of Iraq has been divided into a self-ruling Kurdish territory in the North, which has at least technically remained part of Iraq, and the Shiite-dominated Arab bulk, with occasional flare-ups of Sunni Arab insurgency, most notably in the form of ISIS, which still controls parts of Northern Iraq.

Under the influence of the USA, these two parts of Iraq — the Shiite and the Kurdish — have peacefully coexisted in what was an awkward compromise, aimed at maximizing oil profits and minimizing geopolitical problems caused by the long-suppressed Kurdish push for independence and the fact that America had unwittingly created an Iraqi state that felt a strong affinity for Iran.

In recent days, however, this status quo has rapidly eroded, with the ebbing of the threat of ISIS, which lost control of Mosul earlier this year and has faced further setbacks, and a recent referendum on full Kurdish independence that produced an inevitable “Yes” result.

These events have emboldened both the Shiite Iraqis and the Kurds. Also, in neighbouring Syria, the US-supported Kurdish forces have now successfully taken over the former ISIS capital of Raqqah, with ISIS forces agreeing to be bussed out to ISIS territory further east.

Another key factor in the present conflict was the recent eradication of a pocket of ISIS-controlled territory south of Kirkuk that effectively served as a buffer zone between Kurdish and Iraqi forces. Now, with Iraqi forces close to Kirkuk and bolstered by their recent victory over ISIS, the temptation to seize Kirkuk has become too strong.

But the Kurdish forces must not be underestimated. In recent years a lucrative oil deal with Exxon has given them ample resources to arm and equip their forces with modern weapons, including large numbers of tanks. Also, questions remain over what role Iraq’s Sunni Muslims will play in this conflict. Could the Kurds even find common cause with ISIS in their present struggle? That is a possibility that can’t be ruled out.

But whichever way this plays out, it looks like a definite lose-lose situation for the US.

Formerly America tried to ally with Sunni Arab elements in Syria — cue those famous pictures of “Mad Dog” McCain with the top brass of ISIS — but ISIS’s colourful PR activities essentially made this option toxic, forcing Uncle Sam to rely increasingly on the Kurds as their main allies and proxies in Syria, while also tacitly supporting them in Iraq.

This basically means that if the Kurds lose in Iraq, American power and prestige in the region takes a hefty hit. But even if the Kurds succeed, America still loses. This is because this would only strengthen the “Shiite alliance” of Iran, Iraq, and Syria, where President Assad is now clearly dominant, while also pushing former US ally Turkey onto their side. In a weird mirror image of Spanish and EU attitudes to Catalan independence, these countries have extremely strong vested interests in continuing to make Kurdish independence as uncomfortable as possible.

Also, if the Kurds ally with Sunni Arabs, which, given the forces arrayed against them on the ground, is quite a possibility, this will effectively see US allies lining up with ISIS, something that foreign policy wonks and a bloviating President will have a hard time explaining to Joe Public.

America, it seems, is not well equipped to do realpolitik anymore.

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PaulMurrayCbr
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In terms of longitude, this part of the world is almost literally exactly opposite California. It is literally on the other side of the world from the USA.

BWV
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As long as Muslims are killing Muslims on their own dime… I can’t see a downside.

ChippyMcBarkles
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I used to think kurds were the chunkey clumps that form on top of milk left out in the heat

ChippyMcBarkles
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Isnt kim Kardashian kurdish?

ChippyMcBarkles
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I’m going to point out one aspect of this whole mess. it is like what what’s happening in the Austrian Empire before World War One. these people fighting each other no live with each other they are living separate villages.

but you traveling any One Direction in you hit a kurd village then sunni and then kurd village again

you cant just draw a line across a map cause your gonna have both groups dispersed to both sides of the line

there are no fronts

ChippyMcBarkles
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not like Catalan a region in Spain

Rico Sadao
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Israel dindu nuffin rong.
Keeping hostile arabs at bay is something I can live with.
Altrighters who think they can make common cause with Islam/arabs are delusional as phuc.
Israel is not exactly our friend but Islam is infinitely more hostile.
…and they have billions of sleeper ‘soldiers’.
Hold your nose and support Israel.
Also…conflating Israel with ZOG is an over-simplification.
Israel is riddled with cultural marxism as much as any cucked euro country.
Being pro-Palestinian is the most stupid thing we can do
They are the #1 ’cause-celebre’ of the Left.
We need to be more Machiavelian.

daniel
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You are an utter fool. Even most in the Left are cucked on Israel, and terrified to be called anti Semitic. The Arabs are restless and enraged precisely cause Israel has done so much to destabilize its neighbors, and Israel also was involved in 9/11. I will never forget that.

ChippyMcBarkles
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i am on the left then

white lives matter
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Patriotic American
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Cui bono?comment image

ChippyMcBarkles
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fellow huwhites it’s a lose lose for everybody

behemoth
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>cue those famous pictures of “Mad Dog” McCain with the top brass of ISIS

citation needed

ChippyMcBarkles
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behemoth
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those are apparently FSA in 2013.. there’s some conspiracy theories online that say the guy in the background on the left is Al Baghdadi but it was a publicized meeting and not covered up or anything.. also why did the author say “mad dog McCain”.. is he confusing him with Mattis?

NeetPajeet
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A cluster of fornication that requires (and always has required) strong men to govern it.

Robert Browning
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Genetically speaking the Kurds and Jews almost identical. America is helping the Kurds because of Jew political influence. It is going to be very interesting to see if Trump and his generals that the side of the Jews or the American people.

The Genetic Bonds Between Kurds and Jews
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1626606/posts

Billy Brown
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dah fug do I care? sounds like a good excuse to say this conflict is separate and we are leaving

Paul Rain
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#KillTheKurds. They’re at least as bad if not worse than all the other Sunni sand people.

TrashGreen
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(((Kurdistan)))

McSwag
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America First…means America minding it’s own business…never will happen.

Robert Browning
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Through media and political influence, America Jews have been doing everything they can to harm Trump. Trump is about to get even. By not intervening in the Syrian civil war, Iran is going to have a military base on the Israeli border and Trump is going to let it happen.

Hadding Scott
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“Could the Kurds even find common cause with ISIS in their present struggle?”

They already have common cause insofar as both are proxies for the State of Israel.

If US interests are poorly served, that’s beside the point. It’s about the Israeli agenda of weakening all the other states in the region.

Marathon-Youth
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The media is dragging us into a war where if Kurdistan forms Israel stands to gain. In order to fully realize Kurdistan lands from Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran and even Jordan could be expropriated. That would devastate these nations (if it can even happen) and by that benefit Israel. Both Kurdistan and ISIS were prominent when we were fighting ISIS. Back then I made several comments that Kurdistan poses the greater danger since that problem predates ISIS and involves the ME region from Turkey to Iran. This sudden burst of media coverage for the Kurds is to get the US… Read more »
ChippyMcBarkles
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TrashGreen
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The good news is that Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah have shown in Syria that the Jews can be stopped dead in their tracks.

Riopel
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Russia is totally run by kikes.

Fred
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Wrong.

TrashGreen
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Yeah totally, that must be why America and all its puppet states are hellbent on destroying it.

Riopel
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Because jews don’t like getting their puppets to butt heads. Democrats vs. republicans, America vs. Russia, Christians vs. Arabs…

TrashGreen
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Besides you’re wrong, currently the top Jew in Hollywood is being taken down in the name of feminism. Seems like the puppets clash after all

TrashGreen
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So the Jews own literally everybody and everything? Why the fuck are you even here then?

Riopel
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They own America and Russia. That doesn’t mean they literally control every person it.

iemand
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Putin era[edit] The most famous oligarchs of the Putin era include Roman Abramovich, Alexander Abramov, Oleg Deripaska, Mikhail Prokhorov, Alisher Usmanov, German Khan, Viktor Vekselberg, Leonid Mikhelson, Vagit Alekperov, Mikhail Fridman, Vladimir Potanin, Pyotr Aven, and Vitaly Malkin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_oligarch If I am correct at least 10 of these 14 are Jews. Also Abramovich was the first to propose Putin to become the President: Vladimir Putin[edit] Abramovich was the first person to originally recommend to Yeltsin that Vladimir Putin be his successor as the Russian president.[43]:135 When Putin formed his first cabinet as Prime Minister in 1999, Abramovich interviewed each of… Read more »
Fred
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The biggest people and the closest to Putin are the Rothenberg brothers. They are taking all strategic projects like the bridge to Crimea and the Sakhalin one (if approved). Despite the appearent last name, they may not be Jewish.

In my opinion, Putin’s Russia is not anywhere close to or subjugated by to the Jewish interests as the US. It’s just Russia. The Crimea annexation or Syrian interference, arguably the biggest recent undertakings, did not follow Jewish interests.

TrashGreen
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Putin also maintains good relations with Israel. The man’s not an idiot, he knows he won’t survive if all the Jews hate him. That being said, homosexuality is still very much frowned upon there, church and state are very much linked, and Russia still stymies the neocon’s every chance it can. So it’s safe to say the Jews are not 100% in charge of Russia.

ChippyMcBarkles
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unless Putin is a Jew

Fred
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There is a recent law in Russia that explicitly bans the propaganda of homosexuality.

CgntvDssdnt
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#ThanksTrump

Fred
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Good job, Colin. The disaster after disaster for the US in the Middle East. We are promoting Kurdish states, obviously, with our “allies” in the region, which are no-go for most powerful countries nearby: Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Enemies are multiplied, another disaster in the making, but our “allies” must be appeased.

MBNM
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Lest we forget America was/is openly arming Al Nusra and other sunni ‘moderates’ (salafist jihadists). It’s clear Trump adopted the same old neo-con strategy of propping up the sunnis and won’t tolerate Iranian encroachment in Iraq or the continuation of the Assad regime. So I fully expect to see US soldiers fighting the shiite in Iraq side by side with the same kind of sunni jihadists who are violently invading the West. It’s in times like this that the US exposes itself as the despicable multicultural liberal empire it truly is.

Triuwida
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The US has no real allies. We have vassal states kept in line with the carrot and the stick, all of whom will turn on us the minute the Petro dollar tanks and our control mechanisms vanish.

America will learn the hard way how no one likes a bully. Until then I expect we will continue to bully.

TrashGreen
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It’s already happening, the necons have convinced Trump not to renew the JCPOA. The rest of the world, “allies” included, have made it clear they’ll ignore him if he decides to tear it up. We’ve also had the Syrian peace talks in Astana and America wasn’t even invited.

NotYouNotSure
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On top of the “allies” really being just vassals, USA is a vassal to Israel.

Tyler Durden
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Great comment. And I would add that bullying when one is 50% of World’s GDP is much different than when one is 17% of World’s GDP.

Billy Brown
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gdp nothing. the stick and materials are all that matter. did we beat the redcoats with our gdp? did Ireland fight its war of independence with shekels?

WHAT
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Frenchmen beat the redcoats.

Tyler Durden
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Yes they did. GDP is capability of paying back DEBT. And the US already has lot of DEBT. Don’t take it for granted.

Billy Brown
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the debt will disappear with the boomers. we owe not a dime to not a soul. trying to complicate things with extravagant economic policies is just a way to steal from the people that actually do the work

WHAT
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Thing is, you are the collateral on boomers` debt.

Billy Brown
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was a bad investment for both debtor and creditor

craicher
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Bully Wooly ahh Bully Wooly

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