‘Iraq built to serve interests of great powers’

Iraq was never built on the right foundations, said a senior Kurdish official on Tuesday.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – Iraq was never built on the right foundations, said a senior Kurdish official on Tuesday.

Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Chancellor Masrour Barzani stated that the foundation of Iraq was wrong from the very beginning of its establishment.

“For 100 years, a system has been in place in Iraq that has now failed,” Barzani told American newspaper Washington Post on Tuesday.

“Iraq was never built on the right foundations,” he continued. “It was built to serve the interests of the great powers.”

Barzani called for another option to move on from the failure of Iraq as a state. “A hundred years of failure is enough. We need to look at new options,” he said.

The Chancellor’s comments come at a time when the Kurdistan Region is aiming to step toward referendum for Kurdish independence, expected to be held by the end of 2016.

Iraq was built as part of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, which is also known as the Asia Minor Agreement, signed on May 9, 2016. The agreement was created as a secret convention during World War I between the superpowers, including Great Britain and France with the assent of imperial Russia, for the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire.

Previously, Barzani discussed the Iraqi army’s capability in retaking Mosul city in northern Iraq from the Islamic State (IS). He revealed that the operation has already started and that some villages around the city have been liberated.

“The regular Iraqi army, trust me, they are not in a position to do this [Mosul operation] alone,” he said.

IS has been in control of the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, since June 2014 when the Iraqi army abandoned the area and escaped to the Kurdistan Region without combating the extremists.

“We asked for a plan for taking Mosul. The Iraqi Army doesn’t have a plan yet, or they’re not sharing it with us,” Barzani added.


Reporting by Mewan Dolamari
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany and Ava Homa