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December 19, 2014

The good, the bad and the ugly in Iraq

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Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014 12:26 am

Editor, The Daily Home:

The current chaos and conflicts in Iraq, while posing a danger to much of the rest of the world, both in economical and security risk, is much more complicated than would appear on surface.  

It is no surprise that the Sunnis and Shiites are waring and it is difficult, if not impossible, to sort out the good and bad guys here. While we are being bombarded with indescribable acts by Sunnis, the ruling Shiites are notorious for corruption. 

Regardless of who the winner is, the economic impact is frightening! Iraq currently provides about 10 percent of the world’s oil supply.

There is, however, a maverick in it mix in Iraq. The Kurds of northern Iraq! Having been targeted by Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons and hounded for decades by neighboring Turkey, the Kurdish people have waited patiently and are well deserving of this rare opportunity. With a strange and odd encouragement  from former enemy Turkey,  the Kurds find themselves holding oil reserves that currently exports 125,000 barrels per day, with the capability of shipping up 400,000 a day by year’s end. 

The Kurds and the Turks have quietly reached an agreement that calls for a pipeline to the Turkish ports. Unlike the Sunnis and Shiites, the Kurds, under the Kurdish Regional Government, are united in purpose and philosophy, a trait unusual for this region.

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