Report from WikiLeaks: The Kurds in Post-Saddam Iraq

CRS: The Kurds in Post-Saddam Iraq, January 8, 2009

From WikiLeaks
Wikileaks release: February 2, 2009
Publisher: United States Congressional Research Service

Title: The Kurds in Post-Saddam Iraq

CRS report number: RS22079

Author(s): Kenneth Katzman, Specialist in Middle Eastern Affairs

Date: January 8, 2009

Abstract

The Kurdish-inhabited region of northern Iraq has been relatively peaceful and prosperous since the fall of Saddam Hussein. However, the Iraqi Kurds’ political autonomy, demands, and ambitions are causing friction with Christian and other minorities in the north, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other Arab leaders of Iraq, and with neighboring Turkey, and Iran. These tensions threaten to undermine the stability achieved throughout Iraq in 2008, although U.S. political influence over the Kurds is likely to prevent a near term de-stabilizing escalation of the disputes. The U.S. ability to keep these tensions contained could wane as U.S. forces, as planned, draw down from Iraq over the next three years.

About this CRS report

This document was obtained by Wikileaks from the United States Congressional Research Service. The CRS is a Congressional “think tank” with a staff of around 700. Reports are commissioned by members of Congress on topics relevant to current political events. Despite CRS costs to the tax payer of over $100M a year, its electronic archives are, as a matter of policy, not made available to the public. Individual members of Congress will release specific CRS reports if they believe it to assist them politically, but CRS archives as a whole are firewalled from public access. This report was obtained by Wikileaks staff from CRS computers accessible only from Congressional offices.

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