The post-Kirkuk Operation KRG–Baghdad Relations: The Future Status of Barzani

Following the resignation of Masoud Barzani as president of the KRG, relations between the Baghdad and KRG administrations have entered a new era in which the semi-independent status of the KRG has become something of the past. The much spoken about Kurdish ascendance in the Middle East has inevitably proved to be a mirage.

The Ethnic Struggle in Kirkuk

The first outcome of the invasion was the US-controlled destruction of civil and land registries in Kirkuk. Those who were exhilarated with the downfall of Saddam and the Ba’ath regime in 2003 did not know what to do when Washington began to “Kurdicize” the region.