The Kurds in Post-Saddam Iraq
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Kurdish-inhabited regions of northern Iraq are relatively peaceful, development is proceeding there, and long-repressed Kurdish leaders now occupy senior positions, including the presidency. However, there are concerns that the Kurds are using their political strength to serve their own interests at the expense of a unified Iraq, in the process inflaming long-standing Turkish concerns about Iraqi Kurdish autonomy. There are several major issues of concern to the Kurds -- almost all are interrelated. The Kurds greatly enhanced political strength in post-Saddam Iraq also poses challenges for stability in Iraq and in the region. The major issues of concern are as follows participation in the Central Government, autonomy and independence, Kirkuk, control over oil resourcesoil laws, and safe haven in northern Iraq for fighters from the Turkish Kurdish opposition Kurdistan Workers Party PKK. This report will be updated. See also, CRS Report RL31339, Iraq Post-Saddam Governance and Security, by Kenneth Katzman.
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