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Kirkuk: A Ticking Time Bomb in Volatile North Iraq

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Haji Mohammed Ismail, a tribal elder in Kirkuk, home to one of Iraq's biggest oilfields, is bracing for the worst once U.S. troops leave the country and Arab and Kurd face off with no one to halt the fight.

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Carol H (229)
Friday November 12, 2010, 4:34 pm
thanks Cal, noted

Richard S (0)
Friday November 12, 2010, 4:42 pm
Two more oil fields have just been found in the area. The "Peshmerga" (Kurdish militia) have had a lot of time to rearm and train. They can probably defeat or at the least stalemate the federal security forces, and the central govt. knows it. The wild card in the whole equation is Turkey. The edges of those oil fields are very close to the Turkey/Iraq border ; a civil war or some action by the PKA might give them an excuse to invade and then attempt to redo the border . Its not exactly etched in stone and has been disputed in the past. That would put the US in a position of having to fire on a NATO member, since we are bound by treaty to insure Iraq's' territorial integrity. To quote Bachman/ Turner "you ain't seen nothing yet".

patrica and edw jones (190)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 1:50 am
So be it - these people will have to find common ground somewhere in all of this mess - otherwise there is no hope for peace.

Robert O (12)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 11:34 am
Thanks. Hopefully there's a resolution somewhere amidst all the madness.

. (0)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 12:42 pm
Like Germany after WWII, Iraq should be divided into 2 zones for a period of years: An American zone, and a British zone. The French deserve no part in this as they bailed out ages ago. Let these two countries control the region until they can safely govern themselves.

Cecilia B (183)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 1:09 pm
Thanks, no matter what is always light at the end of the tunel!!

Aletta K (146)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 3:02 pm
Noted , hope there will be a solution !!

Teresa K (33)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 3:52 pm
Noted and thanks,

Harry B (0)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 5:46 pm
We've been dealing with and pay out the wazoo for this crap for 10 years. It's time to admit that we won't do anything but blow another trillion dollars if we stay there. Get the hell out of there and let things get back to status quo that existed 15 years ago.

Tina S (41)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 7:07 pm
What can we do to stop this? How can we change the world's perception about the West in general? What we are seeing in the world today doesn't have its roots in modern history but can actually be traced way back to about 250 years ago. The West is now paying for all of the things that we did in the past. How can we change this situation is now the way to go, I believe. If we started sharing what we have more, not hoarding, this would truly help. Maybe it sounds a bit Utopic, but if we don't start thinking with our hearts, then I don't believe that we will accomplish much.

Patricia L (45)
Sunday November 14, 2010, 12:58 am
Noted, thanks. When will it all end?

Lin P (92)
Sunday November 14, 2010, 8:08 am
Noted & thanks Cal. They need to sort it out themselves. That land is not the U.S.A.s, nor the British. The countries in question should deal with all their problems, their own way. The only reason we are there is for oil protection (some think-our oil) & control of it...

Sunday November 14, 2010, 8:10 am
These people need to get themselves sorted out... they cannot expect the Americans to keep their backs covered.. it will take a long time to change the climate of violence in this nation but it can be done

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 16, 2010, 11:59 pm
noted. so, if people are not willing to set aside their revenge, then why would we be willing to die to protect those driven by vengeance? If they truly want our help, they will have to learn to be self sufficient and stop their hatred and violence. Enough already! We are not and don't want to be the police of the world!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 17, 2010, 12:01 am
so, maybe i was too harsh..i really do feel sorry for these people, but when will they learn that their 1,000 year old vendettas are not important? if they cannot learn this, then they will be doomed to repeat their same violent mistakes and it will never end. they have control over their future and choices and should not expect us to keep the peace that they are so ready, willing and able to break. sorry, just do not want to be the world police and shouldn't be.
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