GULF DIGITAL NEWS
7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

US planning to split Iraq

WASHINGTON: Time magazine has revealed a report of eight pages on plans to divide Iraq into three states, one of them in the north which is Kurdistan, the second for Sunnis along with Syria, and the third for Shi'ites in the south of the country that includes large areas of it.

The magazine added that this new Shi'ite country would be heading south to Kuwait, to deduct vital areas from it and include some parts of the north-east of Saudi Arabia.

The magazine published detailed maps distributing areas among Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds.

Baghdad was considered within the Sunni state, while Kirkuk was - according to the maps published by the magazine - inside the Kurdish state, but on the line of contact with the Sunni state, according to the report.

The report speaks about the annexation of the Kurdish areas in Syria to a Kurdish state in addition to the inclusion of some Sunni areas of Syria's Sunni state.

It is worth mentioning that the magazine is considered close to the US administration and expresses their point of view more often.

The Press spokesman of the White House, Josh Earnest, said that the decision of the Iraqi government is up to the Iraqi people who decide how it should develop its own maps, adding that Obama administration would prefer to work if Iraq's political leaders together find a political solution.

Regarding a proposal in 2006 by senator Joe Biden to divide Iraq into three regions Sunni and Shi'ite and Kurdish, Ernest explained: "The direct route - from the point of view of this administration - to face the threat of ISIS is to unite this country around a political agenda that gives every citizen a stake in its future and success."

In a comment published on the cover of Time magazine titled "The End of Iraq", Ernst admitted that the concept of division is not clear and is a new concept, but he acknowledged the seriousness of imposing third-party solutions on the Iraqi people.

Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said that the surrounding areas in the Iraqi capital Baghdad started to fall and "it is very likely that we're going on the road to the division of Iraq".

Massoud Barzani said in an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the strongest statements he has made regarding independence, "It is time now for the Kurdistan people to determine their future, and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold."

"Now we are living a different era," Barzani said, ahead of Tuesday's talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, as he called for Nuri Al Maliki - whom he termed "the one responsible for what has happened" in Iraq - to step down. Barzani said Iraq was falling apart and reiterated a threat to hold a referendum on independence from the rest of the country.






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