Peter Galbraith: ‘Kurdistan’s independence is inevitable’

Former US Ambassador Peter Galbraith speaking at a press conference during his visit to Syrian Kurdistan in December 2014

Peter Galbraith, a former US diplomat and author who is also an adviser to the Kurdistan Regional Government, told Al Jazeera that he believed that Kurdish independence is inevitable and that the Iraqi government could not prevent it from happening in the long term. He argues that the takeover of Kirkuk by Iraqi troops serves to simplify the case for Kurdish independence, not complicate it.

Iraqi troops and allied militia retook the northern province of Kirkuk and its lucrative oil fields on Monday and Tuesday, as well as formerly Kurdish-held areas of Nineveh and Diyala provinces – all outside the autonomous Kurdish region.

Iraq’s military says it achieved its objectives in a lightning-quick operation that saw troops sweep through disputed Kurdish-held territory in a punishing riposte to an independence vote last month.

Source: Al Jazeera