Oil from Kirkuk to Turkey’s Ceyhan port has not been shipped for the past year due to a row between the Iraqi government and Iraqi Kurdish Regional administration.
Over 200 mass graves have been located in areas formerly controlled by Daesh in Iraq with a UN report saying between 6,000 to 12,000 victims were buried at the sites.
“Recent developments in Iraq illustrate that the KDP and PUK will continue to dominate Iraqi politics. You can essentially read this as the Barzani and Talebani houses continuing their reign on this shaky settlement, a settlement found based on a delicate division of power in the region.”
Will relations between Turkey and Iraq change in the post-Abadi era?
The question of how the new government in Iraq will be formed is a question of matter to Turkey as this will affect Ankara’s fight against the PKK.
Already fragile and heavily dependent on oil, the Iraqi economy has sustained great damage after the rise of Daesh.
Ongoing demonstrations in southern Iraq — which erupted earlier this month and have since spread to the capital — have reportedly left 14 people dead and more than 700 injured.
The Iraqi government must behave responsibly and take non-violent measures to overcome its ongoing problems; otherwise, the current protests may lead to political turmoil soon
Following the independence referendum held in the KRG last September, with Nechirvan Barzani’s attendance to Erdogan’s inauguration, Turkish government and KRG administration have began to re-build relations.
“The African proverb goes to say that when two elephants wrestle, it is only the grass on which the wrestle taking place will be harmed. Iraq looks like it has become the grass affected by the two fighting elephants: Iran and the U.S.”