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EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Kurdistan leader Massoud Barzani says 'the time is here' for self-determination

June 23rd, 2014
11:55 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani gave his strongest-ever indication on Monday that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq.

“Iraq is obviously falling apart,” he told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview. “And it’s obvious that the federal or central government has lost control over everything. Everything is collapsing – the army, the troops, the police.”

“We did not cause the collapse of Iraq. It is others who did. And we cannot remain hostages for the unknown,” he said through an interpreter.

“The time is here for the Kurdistan people to determine their future and the decision of the people is what we are going to uphold.”

Iraqi Kurdish independence has long been a goal, and the region has had autonomy from Baghdad for more than two decades, but they have never before said they would actually pursue that dream.

But the latest crisis, in which Sunni extremists have captured a large swath of Iraqi territory on the border of Iraqi Kurdistan, seems to have pushed the Kurds over the edge.

“Now we are living [in] a new Iraq, which is different completely from the Iraq that we always knew, the Iraq that we lived in ten days or two weeks ago.”

“After the recent events in Iraq, it has been proved that the Kurdish people should seize the opportunity now – the Kurdistan people should now determine their future.”

Barzani said that he would make that case to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry when they meet in Erbil Tuesday; America is a close Kurdish ally, but opposes independence for the region.

“I will ask him, ‘How long shall the Kurdish people remain like this?’ The Kurdish people is the one who is supposed to determine their destiny and no one else.”

Fractious relations with Baghdad

A reconciliation, Barzani said, could be possible “if there was understanding between Shias and Sunnis, and if there is a guarantee of a true partnership in the authority.”

“But the situation has been very complicated. And the one who’s responsible for what happened must step down.”

Amanpour asked if Barzani meant Prime Minister al-Maliki.

“Of course. He is the general commander of the army. He builds the army on the ground of personal loyalty to him, not loyalty to the whole country. And he monopolizes authority and power. He led the military, and this is the result.”

Iraqi Kurdistan has long had a fractious relationship with Baghdad; the region has had autonomy from the rest of Iraq for more than two decades.

Kurdistan even has its own military forces, the Peshmerga, which are now busy fighting ISIS extremists; next to the Iraqi military, which has looked awkward and unprofessional defending the country, the Peshmerga seems remarkably skilled.

Amanpour asked Barzani whether Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had asked for Kurdish military support.

“The prime minister has not asked us. On the contrary, he rejected every offer to assist.”

Indeed, Barzani said, he warned al-Maliki about the impending ISIS threat long before they toppled the major Iraqi city of Mosul, near the Iraqi Kurdish border.

“I did warn Mr. Prime Minister not only a couple of days, but a few months before the fall of Mosul. I did warn him but he did not take the warning seriously. And I have many witnesses to that effect that I did warn him.”

Not everything that has happened, he told Amanpour, was done by ISIS; but because the extremists have the organization and the resources, they are seizing upon general discontent with al-Maliki.

“People in those areas found that the opportunity was there to revolt against that wrongful policy.”

“That is the public anger. And it’s important to distinguish between what are legitimate rights and what terrorists are trying to accomplish.”

The United States, ‘a true friend’

Iraqi Kurdistan and the United States have a close relationship, cemented by the American no-fly zone enforced over the region during the 1990s to protect the Kurds from Saddam Hussein.

When Barzani meets with Secretary of State Kerry on Tuesday, he will no doubt be hoping that that relationship – and America’s investment in Iraqi Kurdistan – will help convince Kerry of the need for independence.

“The United States has been a true friend and we Kurds have shown that we deserve that friendship.”

“The success of the region of Kurdistan was the only success that resulted from American policies.”

“And the United States has given opportunity to all Iraqis to build a modern, democratic state; pluralistic state; federal state. But, unfortunately, the others were not able to seize the same opportunity.”

Amanpour asked Barzani whether he thought the 300 military advisers the U.S. is sending to Iraq “can change the balance of power on the ground?”

“I do not believe so. I do not believe that this will change the balance of power. And this issue cannot be resolved by military means.”

“It’s a political issue that has to be dealt with politically. And after that, a military resolution can be easier to accomplish if there was a political agreement and political power.”

An uncertain future for Kirkuk

In defending Iraqi Kurdistan from ISIS, Barzani may also have seized on an opportunity. The Peshmerga have recently taken control of Kirkuk, an oil-rich region that the Kurds consider to be an integral part of their territory.

“We never had any doubt at any time that Kirkuk is part of Kurdistan,” he said.

The Iraqi constitution sets out a very specific process whereby the future of Kirkuk – whether in Kurdistan or the rest of the country – should be determined, involving a census of the area and then a referendum.

“For the last ten years, we have been waiting to have that article applied, but we haven’t seen any seriousness from the central government. And since we have new developments in Iraq now, this is what brought about the new situation with Kirkuk coming back to Kurdistan.”

“We haven’t done this referendum yet, but we will do and we will respect the opinion of the citizens even if they refuse to have Kurdistan as an independent state.”

Life’s work

“Do you feel,” Amanpour asked, “that your life’s work is about to be accomplished?”

“I really hope this is the case,” he said.


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  1. kawan

    Absolutely that is right this is the time for our nation to decide and show to every body they do not have right what so ever to decide for US , we suffer a lot , so no need for Kerry or obama to repeat what they want is united IRAQ , they have no idea what we suffer every day for long time , they should criticize those divided KURDISTAN in 1922 , 1923 , KURDISTAN is the land of KURD only , be car full dont make us angry any more

    June 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • Carl

      I wish you the best in finally having a country of your own. It seems like there is a large population in your area which has been ready to form a modern nation for a long time, but have been denied that chance by bad external influences (both near and far).

      When Bush got rid of Saddam, the various parts of Iraq should have been given the choice to decide if they wanted to join the "New Iraq" rather than being told they had to be part of it. The early states of the U.S. had that option when we formed a republic.

      June 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Don't be a clown. They wanted to fracture Iraq so that they can more easily control the smaller pieces. You may become independent, but you will become better shackled slaves.

      June 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
      • tarek

        you'r completely right and I could blame all this to the united states in the first place and that's beside nouri almaliki
        who comes next. that was the goal of united states when they invaded Iraq either to bring a loyalist government or to divide Iraq in many smaller pieces to have more control on their oil

        June 24, 2014 at 2:30 am |
      • jenneva

        irresponsible comments

        June 24, 2014 at 3:40 am |
      • Adam

        mate you should know the facts from fiction Iraq Kurdistan has been practically been independent(country inside another country if you like ) since 2003

        June 24, 2014 at 7:34 am |
      • hozan

        you are an ignorant person. Kurdistan can manage a lot more than this. We will get all FOUR parts of Kurdistan back soon :) give us some time, you will see

        June 24, 2014 at 10:35 am |
      • The Truth

        @Hozan

        REally?

        So when will kurd on krud racism stop

        Just a few days ago you could read how iraqi kurds were discriminating against Syrian kurds forcing them into prositutio0n and calling them vermin

        June 24, 2014 at 11:42 am |
      • hozan

        the truth, probably someone who really hates the Kurds wrote that story. one thing that we (KURDS) have is self-respect, that's every Kurd. Just keep that in mind, despite what the negativity the media presents to people like yourself.

        June 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
      • The Truth

        @Horzan

        No no, it is the truth and I understand that it hurts, kurd on kurd racism IS real, and it will be very difficult to unite all of the kurds if it does not stop

        Read the article

        http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/03/iraqi-kurds-yesterday-victims-s-201431865247574237.html

        Also the nr2 problem is the discrimination against women, which is in almost all muslim countries

        "We were told by a Kurdish man here that women have no value... women are treated more or less as objects for men to use for their own needs, which is why it’s all right to kill them when they step out of line from their role as subordinates"

        http://passblue.com/2014/05/06/in-kurdistan-and-beyond-honor-killings-remind-women-they-are-worthless/

        And the nr 3 problem is the MASSIVE financial corruption

        These 3 problems are the 3 BIG problems that will make it very hard to form a functioning country

        June 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
      • hozan

        The Truth, I know you have articles to back up your stupid theory, but please understand that articles and what the media presents can be false. its sad how the media makes it sound so bad, maybe you should live in it so you can better understanding of what really is the truth. Women are respected in Kurdistan. get this through your head.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm |
      • hozan

        The Truth, thanks for calling me HORZAN. this really shows what an ignorant person you are. Peace out. dont need to spend my time explaining to idiots like yourself.

        June 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm |
      • The Truth

        @Hozan

        I added the R by mistake no idea if the word means anything

        However the kurd on kurd racism is real, you can read the article or you can just stick your fingers in your ears and pretend it is raining

        The article is real, the racism is real, and it needs to be fixed

        Denying it is also a huge problem.

        I am actually helping you here and you get angry

        So problem number 4 is then of course, the denial of any problems

        So those 4 problems need to be fixed

        June 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm |
      • Jiyan

        Unfortunately The Truth is telling the truth. And this is coming from a Kurd. He is right about the 4 (especially the first 3) problems that Kurdistan has. But nonetheless.. that does not keep a State from forming itself into a formal country. Those four problems and a lot more, are a fact in lots of (islamic) countries.
        Anyhow addressing these problems and working on them will help us become a united and thus successful formal country.

        Bji Kurd u Kurdistan

        June 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm |
    • jenneva

      what you said, is what I was thinking the whole time I read the article...it is not for Kerry to say, it is for YOU to say..we cannot object to what you have won the right to have and that includes the oil field..curiously, a week or so ago, I wrote on the yahoo site that they should divide up Iraq into 3 areas and LET THE KURDS LEAD..you are seen as sane and responsible mediators and I also said it would greatly please me to see the Kurds get their own land after that monster gassed your people...RUN with it.......said by an American who lives in Arizona..

      June 24, 2014 at 3:39 am | Reply
  2. Siavash

    Kurds have been deprived their natural right of having their own independent state by regional and colonial powers for a century. They possess all the qualification needed to form of a nation-state. The intdernational support for Kurdistan independence is an action in the right way which enhances stability and democracy in the Middle East. Kurds history is just a collection of struggle against tyrans, dictators and extremists in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria.
    International community should welcome and fully support this going to born state.

    June 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Reply
    • 300KURDS

      VIVA KURDISTAN FREEDOM FOR OCLAN...

      June 23, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
      • aqua

        Apo is the mastermind of killing up to 40.000 Turks. His sentence shall be capital punishment and done with it once and forever. Don't preach a wrong message to the West as they know better what's a punishment for a man who kills and this one exceeded expectations on his killing sprees.

        June 24, 2014 at 2:39 am |
      • jullxx

        YOU MEAN BABY KILLER APO- OCALAN WHOM KILLED THOUSAND OF BABIES AND THOUSANDS YOUNG AND INNOCENT PEOPLE IN TURKIYE ???? REALLY????

        June 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm |
      • jullxx

        OCALAN THIS BABY KILLER WHOM RESPONSIBLE FOR THOUSANDS OF BABIES KILLING APR. 45.000 PEOPLE......IN JAIL AND WE ARE FEEDING HIM OUR TAXES IN THE FIVE STARS HOTEL A LIKE JAIL......PLS...ANSWER ME.....WHAT DO YOU DO SOMEONE KILLED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE INCLUDING BABIES IN USA ????? PLS.. TELL ME ???? DO YOU KILL HIM???? BUT TURKISH GOVERMENT WILL FREE HIM SOON FOR NEW COMMITMENT TO NEW BABY MURDERS???? F***?? THE OCALAN THE BABY KILLER...

        June 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm |
      • jullxx

        SORRY....YOU JUST DREAM ......GOOD F****>?/ DREAM ABOUT KURDISTAN ......HAVE NICE SLEEP :)))))))

        June 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm |
    • Nathan

      I whole heartedly, agree with you regarding the giving of independence to Kurdistan. The British had been enlightened enough to allow for the determination of free choice for Scotland. The Canadians have been magnanimous enough to grant Quebec free choice. The Malaysians were equally wise enough to grant independence to Singapore. Some have prospered under free choice. Until the day, we realise that we are all the same regardless of race, religion, religious sect or creed and learn to live like humans, such arrangements of divisions through free choice would have to be made.

      June 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • Coke Can

        Pls check Malaysia and Singapore. The latter was "granted" independance by way of an expulsion and the assumption was that Singaopre beg to rejoin Malaysia in due course.

        June 24, 2014 at 4:02 am |
      • Adam

        thanks for your support for the independence of Kurdistan ,it is appreciated.

        June 24, 2014 at 7:52 am |
    • Joline

      only if women are treated as human beings with human rights.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  3. RLTJ's

    This man smoothly achieved overnight what ISIS has been pushing all along for quite a time now.

    June 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      a reasonable man who will take a reasonable path for his new country.

      June 24, 2014 at 3:43 am | Reply
  4. henke

    It is time for Kurds to seek self-determination from the backward Arab World. They deserve it!

    June 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Reply
    • mahdijaff

      Thank you. we are fed up with others

      June 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
      • Liam

        Bro....You Kurds DESERVE the best...you have taken the worst...having been on the Ground there in Iraq! My wish is that you achieve this goal!! I would welcome Kurdistan You Folks ROCK!! From a US Veteran.....busted up but I care!!

        June 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
  5. RLTJ's

    I don't think Prime Minister Maliki is innocent about the evil called sectarianism. He has been retreating for a time now as sectarianism by him did not come overnight. It guarantees him of a solid mass support. But it also unites the other side. So, if a sectarian war happens it is a war of attrition, probably without end, that lies ahead.

    But a war of attrition can sometimes come to a stalemate. If its about running off with a part of a territory as in cessation then it serves the end. In this case it might break Iraq apart in apparently two or even more more parts. ISIS wins.

    June 23, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      meet at the table and agree to parcel it out...guarantee safe passage from area to area by a joint security force...agree to disagree..hell, make 3 countries..it would solve a lot..giving oil to each...like Europe, share joint concerns with a council..there is history for being able to do this in other areas..meet as PEOPLE..not enemies.

      June 24, 2014 at 3:46 am | Reply
      • Abas

        This is our right and we deserve it, we'll not asking IRAQ, USA or any country to give us, we'll get it since we have tried much and sacrificing thousand of Kurdish people on the way of KURDISTAN freedom.

        June 24, 2014 at 5:30 am |
  6. RLTJ's

    U.S. to intervene in there by force will only make it and Maliki look like a circus. Sell them arms and heavy weapons if that is what they believe will make them win. It's called simple professional business.

    June 23, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  7. RLTJ's

    Iran does not advise U.S. intervention. They see it to make matter worse for their ally there.

    June 23, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      iran doesnt want anybody in the way of THEIR plan...

      June 24, 2014 at 3:48 am | Reply
  8. RLTJ's

    But is not this man a Kurd version of them same thing?

    June 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      From a third angle, I think he is.

      June 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • Carl

        As far as I know, he is not trying to invade other areas, murder people, and force them to accept his religion. He only wants to be free of backward dictators who do those things.

        June 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm |
  9. amarjeet

    It is sad that Kurd President should think of getting away from Iraq because of militancy. Good should never quit and quitting a country is a greatest blunder. Good should spread by all human tools, ingenuity and intellectual gravity message of coexistence, prosperity and freedom of religious practices. If elements of militancy develop in Kurd after independence then again he will face same historical issues as all humans are different, independent and diverging in nature, character and morals made worse by religious Mullahs.

    June 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  10. Capri

    The Kurds history was a little bit better than the persians history until the WW1. The persians had been ruled by arabs, turks and kurds for more than thousand years but the difference is that the british liberated the persians from the turkish Qajar rulers during WW1 and established a new country with name Iran and installed Reza shah as the first ethnic persian ruler since more than thousand years. But the same british people divided Kurdistan into four parts according to the evil sykes picot agreement between Britain and France 1916, and bombed their cities and used chemical weapons against them, the british simply destroyed the life of the whole Kurdish nation and now it's time to put end to the evil Sykes Picot agreement and declare Kurdistan as an independent state.

    June 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Yalda

      Just for your information. Kurds are one of the Persian tribes called Medes. Even nowadays, if you go to Kurdistan, they call themselves son of the Medes. I don't want even waste my time to explain the Persian history. Just go read some history and the write about PERSIAN history. I'm saying this as an archaeologist and historian.

      June 24, 2014 at 9:50 am | Reply
      • Reza

        Yalda
        We Kurds are much older than Medes and you Persians as the landlords of Zagros (Kurdistan), of course Medes and Persian were different peoples. As an archeologist and historian it seems that your knowledge is wrong and out of date. Look at this: http://www.czap.org/
        یلدا، دیگه‌ گوش دنیا از این جوکهای شما پر شده‌، چیزی نه‌گی سنگینتری :D

        June 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm |
      • jullxx

        NO KURDISH COUNTRY:)))))) NO KURDISH WAR :))))) IS SOMEONE KNEW SOME WAR BETWEEN KURDS IN THE HISTORY :))))))) NOO :))) SO :)))) NO KURDISH PEOPLE :))))))) SORRY :)))))))

        June 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm |
    • jullxx

      OHH MY LORD.....OH REALLYY ??? ARE THERE KURDS IN THE HISTORY ????? WHICH COUNTRY :)))))) THERE IS NO EVEN KURDS HISTORY :)))))) NO KURD LANGUAGE :))))))) NO ANY KURD ART :)))))))) ANYONE SEE ANY KURD ART :))))))))) SORRY AWAKE AND SHAKE & GIVE UP MAKING FAKE HISTORY :))))))) NO KURDS IN THE HISTORY :))))))))

      June 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  11. Hiwa

    Indeed, this is the time for Kurdistan people to decide their future.
    Obviously it will be fully independent state. The sooner it’s declared the better. USA and the western powers should avoid any non-sense unity for Iraq, it won’t work!
    Iraq has never been united because it was established by France/UK without considering the differences between different factions in Iraq including Kurds and Arabs (Sunnis and Shias).
    Civil has just started in Iraq. Although on many occasions Kurdish has been targeted to take sides with Shias/Sunnis but they have kept themselves neutral.
    USA knows very well that Iraqi people cannot live together, this is fact. So it is time for USA to get it right and won’t full itself anymore.
    The people of Kurdistan are behind President Barzani and everyone wants self-determination.

    June 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  12. Flexxolicious

    These people are worse than arabs, oh well who cares they will implode within 2 years anyways.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • kawan

      If you dont know the reality , you should shut up

      June 23, 2014 at 3:28 pm | Reply
      • aqua

        Who do you try to 'shut up'? You don't kill my people(40.000) and then come up on this forum and try to shut people up in your ecstasy mixed with delirium. You talk and I talk too.

        June 24, 2014 at 3:00 am |
      • jenneva

        this is to aqua below when there is not tab to respond..I think all the comments are referring to flexxilicious not knowing any kurd history and saying they will implode and do worse..no one agrees..

        June 24, 2014 at 3:55 am |
      • hozan

        Aqua, why don't you talk about how many Kurdish people get murdered every single day for no reason in Turkey? why are you responding to all the comments by saying the exact same thing? I know you are having a hard time accepting the fact that KURDISTAN will soon be a country, and your approached to this is to make up events that never happen just to bring us down. its better for you to "shut up". Thank you :) :) we will soon celebrate our independence tilililili tilililili :) :)

        June 24, 2014 at 11:06 am |
    • shameoon

      If kurds are worst than Arabs you are worst than kurds.

      June 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Reply
    • blah

      I detect a butthurt Turk.

      June 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Reply
      • Flexxolicious

        Go tell one of your 9889 cousins to get my gas ready you desert monkey. This can be done after they arrange a marriage between your sister and her cousin, you inbreeding, half Iranian half Arabic mongrels. Its a nice day here in Washington DC, we got more than enough arabs and your stinky Persian kind here, so please go form your own country and when you are done with that take all your inbred family members with you, wait not all leave HASSAN I need him to pump my gas. Unreal,like arabs weren't enough now we got another no name minority called the Kurds popping up, next week it will be the turds, or something equally retarded, we need to get out of this hell hole and let these Persian and Arabian inbred mongrels wipe each other out. Freaking Kurds gimme a break

        June 23, 2014 at 5:13 pm |
      • Enkiu

        You picked it PERFECTLY correct my friend. It is a Turk LOL ALL the best to Kurdistan, I did not think I would see it in my lifetime, and am happy that things change quickly in mysterious ways.

        June 23, 2014 at 5:44 pm |
      • aqua

        You detected your own bluffs with sparkling blahhhhh.

        June 24, 2014 at 3:03 am |
    • Alan

      Idiot

      June 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • Kur10

      You mad?

      Long live Kurdistan

      June 23, 2014 at 5:50 pm | Reply
      • jenneva

        flexxoliscious should be ignored.he is here only for provoking and inciting so lets just don't give it to him....ba bye flexxilicious!

        June 24, 2014 at 3:58 am |
    • jenneva

      the kurds? you base this on nothing and don't know any history..add to the conversation or...don't be listened to.

      June 24, 2014 at 3:52 am | Reply
    • Adam

      Can you please explain how? or may be you judging the book by the cover

      June 24, 2014 at 7:49 am | Reply
  13. Free Kurdistan

    It is time for Kurdistan to be free.No more waiting. It is Kurdish nation desire to be free.This has been for centuries.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      Keep in mind there is nothing for free.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • jullxx

      GOOD DREAM ???? HAVE A NICE DREAM ABOUT F**??**** KURDISTAN???? YOU SEE ONLY YOUR DREAMS :))))))))))

      June 25, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  14. Ciya

    The western countries must support and respect the Kurdish people decision.No forget that the Kurdish people have suffered a lot due to their decision in this region.It will be also in their interest that the Kurds bring stability and have strong force against jihaddist.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Flexxolicious

      No we don't. How about you half arab half Persian mongrels do your own work for once in your worthless, pathetic history. Or go cry to your inbred Iranian cousins for help, kurds are worse than arabs which is quite an amazing feat.

      June 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Reply
      • blah

        You are a sad, bitter person.

        June 23, 2014 at 4:33 pm |
      • Havin

        Daamn arent you an angry and jealous little assyrian. Now watch and weep as we (Kurds) liberate Kurdistan: the homeland of the 5000 year old Kurdish nation (see The Origin of the Kurds by Kurdologist Ferdinand Hennerbichler).

        June 23, 2014 at 4:41 pm |
      • Alan

        Idiot

        June 23, 2014 at 5:40 pm |
      • Nineveh

        I am an Assyrian but respect to the Kurds for their ambition and achievement. I am not against the Kurd's right to self-determination. However, I hope that the Kurds will also remember and recognize the right to self-determination of the indigenous people of northern Iraq also – the Assyrians.

        June 23, 2014 at 5:43 pm |
      • Kur10

        It seems the presidents word hit you hard.

        You shall watch when we have a independent Kurdistan. Nothing can stop us to declare an idependent kurdistan.

        So keep on hating the kurds, a**hole

        June 23, 2014 at 5:55 pm |
      • Enkiu

        Nineveh, the Assyrians are too few and too spread out to have a separate country. One way ahead is to support the Kurds in return for full rights for Assyrians within a Kurdistan... this assumes that the Kurds behave and respect ALL others, including Christians and Assyrians... respect not just in words but in actions. This will be the test for Kurdistan: support for the freedoms of other groups and not just Kurds.

        June 23, 2014 at 7:39 pm |
      • jenneva

        enkiu...that very inclusiveness is what Baghdad did NOT do well and distinguishes the Kurds in that they do ...and the including the Assyrians would be a very good step..like our cultures in the US, the minorities, are included in all of life here in the US...I have to say..there is only one objectionable person on here and the rest of the comments are of thoughtful intelligent discourse..how refreshing and a change of pace from yahoo news..its a mess..but here, I can have a real conversation , even of different opinions, about actual truths and hopes and dreams...love it..

        June 24, 2014 at 4:04 am |
      • Dashty(Kurdistan)

        Who the hell are you to judge and say bad things about Kurds?! you know nothing hopefully we will declare our independence and then you can say what ever you like, no one will listen to you hehehe :)

        June 24, 2014 at 4:14 am |
      • Nineveh

        Enkiu, the reason Assyrians are few now is because of the continued persecutions they have endured in their own country from numerous ruling powers from the ancient Persians to the present day. What guarantees do they have that life would be different under Kurdish rule, and if their rights are not protected, would you subsequently agree that self-determination is right? Some of the most prosperous countries in the world are small countries, so I don't think having a small population is an issue.

        June 24, 2014 at 8:35 am |
      • hozan

        Flexxolicious, you are an angry person. you're such a loser, only hating on people. we deserve to have our Country back! go take a hike you jealous person.

        Biji Kurdu Kurdistan!!!!! tililili

        June 24, 2014 at 11:16 am |
      • Reza

        Flexxolicious
        I don't know who you are and why you hate Kurds but I just want to tell you and your clan that we are the native owners of Kurdistan and we're going to be so. For thousands of years different brutal clans have attacked our rich land and done their best to uproot us but they all failed as you see. So the time has come for us once again to create a new and advanced civilization continuing the path of our ancestors. http://www.czap.org/

        June 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm |
  15. Oleksa Rusyn

    I hope the Kurdish people also manage to add Mosul to their lands and eventually reunite all Kurdish lands within one independent state.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Flexxolicious

      Yea maybe right after that, the Apache will reunite all their lost lands too!!! hahahahaah

      June 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
      • DoctorMcZ

        Flexxolicious you are a jerk but you are hilarious.

        June 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm |
      • Alan

        Idiot

        June 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm |
      • A.K

        i bet your mum got bred by black or hispanic thats why u are so angry, monkey boy ...

        June 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
      • Enkiu

        AK do not disrespect those others... I think it was just a monkey LOL

        June 23, 2014 at 7:40 pm |
      • jenneva

        funny and I don't think he realizes that people are laughing AT him, not with him..

        June 24, 2014 at 4:06 am |
      • hozan

        lol aweeee, hes like a lost child that everyone is ignoring, running around desperately to people saying "people please listen to me, lets not give Kurdistan their independence otherwise ill commit suicide"

        June 24, 2014 at 11:20 am |
    • aqua

      Perhaps the Western Europe and ANZAC haven't learn its lesion. When the subject is coming to Turks shores its better for you to just stay away. We got this! We know exactly how to stay steadfast and guard our territorial integrity.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  16. Brad76

    It was inevitable, Iraq was being held together with scotch tape and bubblegum.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      If your heart is broken, try some duck tape.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  17. AYMAN

    I think the Kurdish leader said the truth about Iraq. Maliki should sit down and make a peace with all Iraqi groups.

    June 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      my opinion on this has evolved in the last weeks.I think, as others have stated here that actually live there..that there should be 3 states and a joint council for some matters..it is said that the one nation was an artificial setup of statehood by outsiders of other nations and they are too diverse in their own ways to want to meld..in a strange way, this , if properly handled and the US not push our wishes on them, could actually become a stabilizing factor as an end result..in everyone getting what they want...as long as one faction isn't delusional and want it all..cause it wont happen.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:10 am | Reply
    • aqua

      No civilize man nor women shall think of dismantling the Iraqis Central Government, no matter what.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  18. tot

    Now every two-bit minority group sees independence in the midst of a deadly chaotic mess - how quaint!

    June 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Enkiu

      Wiki is your friend. Look up how many Kurds there are... they are a bigger nation than many that have independent countries.

      June 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      quaint isn't a word I would use to describe Kurdistan(inevitably , to be)...rational, yes.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:12 am | Reply
    • jenneva

      to the Kurds..its a far cry , today, from the time when your people were stranded on the side of hills, with no food,no shelter and not even water and the journalists came with cameras to show the world what saddam had done...just people sitting on the hillsides, desolate and abandoned...
      and now..........................you sit on the edge of greatness to come......

      June 24, 2014 at 4:16 am | Reply
  19. Richter

    The Kurds seem like the only people who have it together, and they have been deprived of self governance by many of the governments in the area, including Turkey. Why should it be ok for Russians to implant their people in Ukraine and than have them vote for self-determination and not for the Kurdish people to self govern on land that is historically Kurdistan? I hope they succeed.

    June 23, 2014 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      If someone doesn't know the region very well would think what you folks are wishing and cheering up as bunch of cheer leaders, but
      that's not that easy as you are trying to sound like. The reality is harsh just face it.

      June 24, 2014 at 2:51 am | Reply
      • jenneva

        they'll figure it out, they'll do ok....

        June 24, 2014 at 4:17 am |
    • jullxx

      AHAH HA HAAA REALLY??????? TELL YOUR BABY KILLER LEADER OCALAN AND STOP TURKISH GENOCIDE AND BABY KILLING AND INNOCENT PEOPLES KILLING IN TURKIYE& IRAK SOILS .....IRAQ& SYRIA AND THE KERKUK &MUSUL ARE OLD OTTOMAN-TURKISH SOIL.....TELL YOUR MUPPET LEADER BARZANI ...

      June 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  20. Beywar Barwari

    Mr. Masoud is absolutely correct; it is time for a free and independent Kurdistan. We the Kurds are the largest stateless in the world, well over 30 million that are spread across Syria, Iran, Iraq and Turkey. We have struggled too much, for too long, we just like any other nation in the world want justice and freedom! Long live Kurdistan, bishet Barzani!!

    June 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  21. rippl

    Its not in Europe so I guess we can allow it?

    June 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  22. blah

    Noooo, don't leave, Kurds! You're the only faction in that whole country that aren't a bunch of violent depraved jerks! =(

    June 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  23. Walt

    Kuwait's oil fields $$$ are only 300 miles from Bagdad! Anybody notice but me? Will USA go in to protect Kuwait?

    June 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • blah

      Saddam tried that once, it didn't go well for him, and he had a much better army than ISIS does.

      June 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  24. observer

    Kurdistan! Turkey said It would consider Kurdistan an act of War against Turkey. A Part of Kurdistan is in Turkey!

    June 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • blah

      So negotiate, redraw the border. They're lines on a map, and they're not even official lines yet.

      June 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      Turkey is whole and intact and shall stay that way.

      June 24, 2014 at 3:08 am | Reply
      • hozan

        Aqua, you are just too scared that we might take Kurdistan part back from Turkey. well, let me tell you this soon or later after declaring independence, we will rejoin all FOUR parts of Kurdistan :) this includes Turkey. so chill. :)

        June 24, 2014 at 11:28 am |
    • jullxx

      WHO??? KURDS WHOM LIVING IN TURKIYE THEY DONT LIKE THE YOUR BAD KURDS YOUR LEADER BABY KILLER OCALAN :)))))) DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY.....THEY DONT EVEN KNOW YOU.....WE ARE HAPPY TO LIVING TURKIYE WITH TURKS :))))) WE DONT KNOW A KURD LIKE BABY KILLER OCALAN AND THEIR KILLER TERORISTS :)))))) SORRY.....AWAKE YOU A DREAM.....NO KURDISTAN :)))))))) ...HAVE NICE DREAM :)))))

      June 25, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  25. mike

    well I guess if one good thing came out of all of this, it was this

    June 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  26. American Realist

    Just make the declaration of Independence – don't wait for permission from us in the U.S. Be sure to include a draft Bill of Rights, including freedom of Speech, Religion and Press. The U.S. and the West wouldn't dare say you must stay in Iraq at that point, and it would be embarrassing for us not to recognize your legitimate government. Good luck!

    June 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      you are sooooo right..
      get it done and ask permission later..
      done is done and cant be undone.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:19 am | Reply
  27. Renas

    Excellent statement. You have my full support. The time has come to put everything else aside and come together for independence.

    June 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  28. kurdo

    I hope the US and western countries support the kurdish people to have their own country and let them vote in a referendum .We kurdish people have right to determine our destiny and future like all humans and nations on this planet we being killed gazed massacred by successive Iraqi leaders and governments .If US and western powers can not and would not change the mind of Arab backwards by force and democracy how we Kurds can change them to be tolerant to respect minorities let them take their Qura'n to desert and take it back to the land its belonging we don't need it no their quran ,prophet or culture

    June 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  29. Baxan. Kurdish

    God willing we will be an independent country. Nothing is impossible. This is the best time to get our dream. Long live Kurds... Long live Kurdistan... Long live Peshmarga...

    June 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  30. noneofdabove

    I support a free Kurdistan. God's speed!

    June 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      I love Turkey, so HELP ME GOD!

      June 24, 2014 at 3:10 am | Reply
    • jullxx

      SORRY HAVE A NICE DREAM : ))))) KURDISTAN IS JUST A DREAM :)))))) SORRY AWAKE YOU : )))))))

      June 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  31. noneofdabove

    I support the independence of Kurdistan.

    June 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  32. maias

    America is a close Kurdish ally, but opposes independence for the region. The Kurdish people is the one who is supposed to determine their destiny and no one else. The United States has been a true friend and the Kurds have shown that they deserve that friendship.

    But when one Googles ‘US turns screw on Iraq’ we find that, in November 2002, the George W Bush administration, in its desperation to secure Turkish participation to get the Iraq war over more quickly and minimise the damage to others, hinted at economic aid to compensate Turkey, backing its bid to join the European Union, and promised the US “will not tolerate an independent Kurdish state being created in northern Iraq”. So much for an American President’s public vow to spread democracy in the region.

    June 23, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  33. Nawazd Hetuti

    president Massoud Barzani exactly explained the real situation in Iraq. what happen now in Iraq is considered sectarian war between shia and Sunni. the Nri Maliki is responsible for this because he has Monopolized all power and he have deprived the Sunni and kurds from participating the power in baghdad. he has pursue the sectarian policy by direct support from Tehran.

    June 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  34. B

    Long live Kurdistan. Everyone has their own country it is time for us to have a land we can call our own and actually be on a map! Nothing is impossible

    June 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      If God is for me, no one is against me = Turkey is standing tall.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  35. Jose

    Kurds, Basques and Catalans deserves their state. It's time to end all forms of colonialism.

    June 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  36. Araz

    It is my ever biggest dream to have my Iraqi passport changed to a Kurdish one! That must be the case one day. Kurds are ready to pay whatever price it costs! The world has got to admit that Kurdistan is NOT Iraq!

    June 23, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      I think your time has come...

      June 24, 2014 at 4:21 am | Reply
  37. Ararat Kurdistani

    Frankly, the Kurdish people generally loves Israel, and Islam is not more than a social inherited, and many of Kurds wore from Islam proudly, like me..

    June 23, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • Broosk

      I agree. And good job for what you did. ISLAM is worst of us.

      June 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  38. diggerjohn99

    They run their autonomous region well and democratically, their military is well trained and disciplined, and they would be a moderate, pro-Western, forward thinking state. I think an independent Kurdistan, which was promised almost a century ago after the Great War, should at last be realized.

    June 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  39. ElliotJKlein

    Hopefully, not only will the Iraqi Kurds become independent, but also Syria, Iran and Turkey will cede parts of their territory to help establish a stable, democratic and peaceful nation of Kurdistan. The people have been waiting patiently and they deserve their own country.

    June 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  40. Dennis

    Turkey better plan on giving up some territory too then.

    June 23, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      Turkey will defend its territorial integrity. For you we might be only the 'other guy', but for me this is my ancestral land and not giving it away just because you said so. No way Hose!

      June 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • Tommy Kurdi

      I think you mean (Jose), but if you did some research instead of reciting what bedside story Ataturk read to you then you would know there is a Kurdistan that was spilt into 4 by France and England in the early 20s

      June 25, 2014 at 9:33 am | Reply
  41. Kurd

    It is time for independence! We have dreamt of it from our childhood and many have tried and died in the struggle for a free Kurdistan! It is a step towards freedom. We have a population which is more than 40m, that deserves to have to have a country of its own. Once South Kurdistan claims independence the rest will follow no matter in whose interest it is. It is a reality they have to accept, just like Turkey accepted it.

    June 23, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  42. Nick

    Irak's borders were drawn by foreign powers to keep it unstable. Let the kurds have their own territory!

    June 23, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  43. Mike

    Why you do not look at danger of Shia terrorist groups like Bdaar, sadr, mahdi, Ghods that all armed with rockets and all anti west?!

    http://www.entekhab.ir/fa/news/168636

    June 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  44. Mike

    Barzani supported Al Malik to get president, when Ayadi got the majority of votes in election!
    Because he got order from the Iran regime!!

    June 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  45. Mike

    All Kurd people in Syria, Iran and Turkey to wish to have the fortune of Iraqi Kurds to be safe and in peace!

    June 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      If everything in this world was a pure luck, then would have been bullion people millionairess. And unfortunately each of us perhaps today bypass someone residing on open air today.

      June 24, 2014 at 3:15 am | Reply
  46. Julian Assange

    It is impossible to properly account for the size of American FAILURE that turned the promise of LIBERATION and DEMOCRACY into ISIS CHAOS!

    June 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      is this the real Julian? I concur.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:23 am | Reply
  47. andy

    I believe it's morally wrong for US to obstruct the democratic will of Kurdistan's people. They have fundamental right to decide their own future.

    June 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  48. kurdo

    I am living in England but I returned to kurdstan recently to defend kurdstan and it's people from the Arab nationalists and terrorists and no matter how far we are apart we defend this land by our heart and blood

    June 23, 2014 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  49. Shukur Bakir

    Iam as a kurd seeking for my right which is separating from Iraq. we are not Iraqi, we do not want it. we want to be free like the rest of the other countries all around the world. it is our right. USA and UN should help us to get our right.

    June 23, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  50. sara

    to the kurds who are talking, what about the bickering between the PDK &PUK. I remember visiting the cities; each one more arrogant than the other. This space is land-locked and neighbors who are more than willing to come & defeat you. Inshallah the USA will not permit this Kurdistan crap. Iraq will remain Iraqi and Erbil will remain Erbil- not this Hawlare word.

    June 23, 2014 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  51. Kardukh

    We are Kurds, we are not Arab, Turkish, Persian. those who claim that Iraq will be divided then think why? and the answer is because Kurdistan is the land of Kurds..and this land has been invaded by force, we have not come from overseas to invade this land..it is our country where we have lived in for thousands of years...

    June 23, 2014 at 10:29 pm | Reply
    • jenneva

      Kurdistan already exists...they need to recover their lands on the borders they now have..the only thing missing is other countries calling it by it's true name.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:25 am | Reply
      • vifixit

        By it's true name? The true name is Nineveh. Sorry to say but unfortunately Kurds have been stronger and smarter than the indeginous people of Iraq, the Assyrians. If anyone have been neglected and tortured it has been us, the Assyrians. Kurds have been systematically destroying all our artifacts and evidence of our existence for years and years. Just look at videos online how they are destroying these priceless ancient artifacts that were from a time LONG before kurdistan ever was a "thing" so please don't tell me it is time to call it by it's "true" name Kurdistan. Please do not think that I am trying to fight with anyone but I am sick and tired of how we are being systematically erased by the kurds. that was my two cents and i am out. Love and respect! Josef "BirBir"

        June 25, 2014 at 10:13 pm |
  52. kurdo

    you crap Arabs beheading each other its disgusting to call Arabs human .Islam and Arabs destroyed all the civilization of the middle est

    June 24, 2014 at 12:12 am | Reply
  53. notus

    A united Iraq after sadam seems to be impossible. Let the aspirations of its component people then make way for peace in the region, That way atleast they cannot blame the other for their decisions, or destiny.

    June 24, 2014 at 12:18 am | Reply
  54. Vikram S Gupa

    Jerk, United IRAQ is more better than divided IRAQ. How could you cooperate in divided IRAQ if you cannot on united IRAQ. Please stop playing politics and behave like a matured leader. LEARN TO LIVE AND LET PEOPLE LIVE.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:10 am | Reply
  55. Kurdistan Independence Movement ( KIM )

    Citizens of South Kurdistan: Get ready for independence! International Community: Please support out independence!

    June 24, 2014 at 1:15 am | Reply
  56. Kurdistan Independence Movement ( KIM )

    To All members and supporters of Kurdistan Independence Movement ( KIM). KIM will enter the Action Stage. We will fully support president Barzani.

    June 24, 2014 at 1:18 am | Reply
    • jenneva

      these posts indicate the world has heard you..and is with you...

      June 24, 2014 at 4:26 am | Reply
  57. hawbashKURD

    although i don't like president Barzani but i think he is a clever guy and he can achieve independence for us .
    looking forward for the day he finale announce it .

    June 24, 2014 at 2:07 am | Reply
  58. Peter

    Tribes war has been in the past and becoming fashion again. very sad to iraq People got to suffer again. All those who love Iraq should wait for the Government has to prepare to fight back. There are still plenty of chances to reunited.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:12 am | Reply
  59. mazharuddin

    This is not the right way to break up country in pieces and known as small nations. Small nations can enjoy earth resources for the time being but can not progress in Science, Technology and can't have big industrial set up etc. After some time they will be dependent and will seek help of foreign powers. In other way they will lose their independence.

    There need patch up differences, Kurds and Sunnis are of same belief and near about same culture, living side by side with each other since centuries. No any nation dropped by God from sky. All are humans and equal to each other.

    There need Kurds and Sunni Arabs try patch up differences and in second phase they should sit with Shiite group and agree on equal rights and share in government. They all should know that after dividing and being small nation they will lose their prestige and respect. Kurds are not being deprived by Arabs and have brotherly relations.

    June 24, 2014 at 2:20 am | Reply
    • Clavers

      You apparently have not heard of a small country called Israel which has the most advanced technology and the most powerful military in the Middle East. Or Singapore which has the most advanced technology and the highest standard of living in South East Asia.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:01 am | Reply
    • hawbashKURD

      dude the problems can't be solved , and who ever has hope in that then he is fooling him self .

      anyways kurdistan is not going to stay small ...... ;)

      June 24, 2014 at 9:47 am | Reply
  60. hozan

    thanks President Barzani , thanks president Bush, God Bless U.S.A,

    June 24, 2014 at 2:56 am | Reply
  61. aqua

    hozan, hozan you are trying to hit the "right notes", aren't U? Wished didn't know you lines, bu fortunately I do.
    Besides, what's your bumper sticker reads?

    June 24, 2014 at 3:23 am | Reply
  62. Yaaalif

    Then why u need to ask John Kerry?

    June 24, 2014 at 3:57 am | Reply
  63. Shannon

    The Kurdish leader elect must be unaware of the democracy which has been installed by the USA ?!
    I though everything was OK. Everyone's happy and living in peace ?
    Isn't that why uncle Sam spent millions of $$$ there ?

    June 24, 2014 at 4:03 am | Reply
  64. suasageon

    Eastern Ukraine independence bad
    Kurdish independence good...baa baa baaa

    June 24, 2014 at 5:03 am | Reply
  65. Adam

    I reckon we have sacrificed enough with gazing and killing 10.000 Kurds and Anfal campaign which claimed over 182.000 lives and destruction of over 4.000 villages , injuring thousands ,rapping hundreds of women in the had of Saddams thugs . In addition to discrimination and ill treatment against the whole Kurdistan nation and treating them as second hand citizen if not third . This campaign of genocide against humanity can not and should not go on and every peace loving and ethical person should stand by Kurds for achieving there full right to independence .Time has come for Kurds to see the light at the end of the tunnel

    June 24, 2014 at 7:45 am | Reply
  66. Nelson

    you all lack of knowledge and history there has never never been country called Kurdistan nor a government all it started from jypsy mountain people from orient immigrated for century to region settled in iraq iran turkey and breeded like sarden took over ather native nation specialy the Christian Assyrian and claimed ohh its Kurdistan u people read history have u heard of any kurd 20 years ago hardly have u heard any Christian Assyrian/ Babylonian this is the land for Assyrian from starting of history not the jypcy murdered mllion of Christian beside Turkish for generation wake up wake up people the land is belong to Christian Assyrian .god bless my arm nation Assyrian.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:14 am | Reply
  67. Nelson

    I thought so figured no disput of what I said no chalnge either the troghtis the trought wanna attention go ahead write some thing in trought not just to get attention here I heard some kurds saying even kurdistand extend to all Europe and UK omg lol how dump dump are they jypcy lol

    June 24, 2014 at 8:21 am | Reply
  68. Nelson

    I thought so figured no disput of what I said no chalnge either the troghtis the trought wanna attention go ahead write some thing in trought not just to get attention here I heard some kurds saying even kurdistand extend to all Europe and UK omg lol how dump dump are they jypcy

    June 24, 2014 at 8:22 am | Reply
  69. Tyson

    I have been in Kurdistan. They are really deserve the best of the best.

    June 24, 2014 at 8:56 am | Reply
  70. jamal

    President Barzani is speaking from the heart of the great majority of Kurdistanis. Mr Kerry's request for President Barzani to work for keeping Iraq together is to the wrong person at a wrong time. All knows very well that Kurdistan was on its own after the fall of Saddam and decided to work on rebuilding Iraq on terms that it can last and it does not become a menace for its neighbours and the world. The mentality of those on the other side of their borders did not allow it and will never allow it. Briton and America, the fathers of democracy if I am allowed to call them, should know very well that a strong central Iraqi government run by a dictator with all the resources under their belt, will become the father of many other 9-11s in the future. The Kurds have paid a maximum price in their past history and they will be a fool if they allow history to repeat on them. The only other explanation for pressing a strong unified Iraq with a dictator in Baghdad means that the western powers want a mess in the area for other benefits.

    June 24, 2014 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • jenneva

      that seems disturbingly possible...

      August 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  71. Farhad. Mahmmod. Barzani

    The Kurds are a nation with their own cultures and history. When Kurds been in power 3000 years ago the Arabs didn't know about Politics and civilisation which still can see it.

    Here a question to CNN about the interpreter who translated the President Barzani speech into English as he was not the right person with sufficient understanding of English language in regards to translate the speech of President Masoud Barzani on such a important Issue.

    June 24, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • aqua

      PKK's and alike s are NERO's.

      June 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  72. jenneva

    I recognize your right and your destiny becoming your own state and with the compassion and decency you have exhibited in your words about this........................now,don't break my heart....be inclusive. honorable. I have said all along since this began. Let the Kurds lead...........again...don't break my heart. Show the world what the middle east should have been all along, if only you were able to represent it.

    June 25, 2014 at 5:06 am | Reply
  73. Mohammad

    You are the best president Barzani , you are our great father our leader our heart and our blood. i am sure every Kurdish individuals are completely agree with you. we are proud of you the great father. .......... life and death for you

    June 28, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  74. confrontingdeath

    The time has come

    July 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm | Reply
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