The crisis between the political blocs has reached the next level with Ankara and Tehran becoming overtly involved. The Kurds are once again at risk of being at a crossroads, where neither direction offers much benefit.
Turkish PM Erdogan's clear attack of Maliki, accusing him of being “self-centered” and causing tension between the country’s Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds amid a constitutional crisis in Baghdad, will cause a problem for the Kurds, especially because he made this statement right after a meeting with President Barzani.
The recent escalation of the issue could isolate the Kurds from Baghdad and Tehran and find them in the Turkish camp. This is particularly risky for the Kurds since the U.S. is not interested in becoming involved in the internal affairs of Iraq.
Already, statements from Baghdad's pro-Maliki MPs have been released that criticize Barzani for “strengthening himself through outside powers.” Similarly, the Iraqi government could easily say that Erdogan should be the last one to speak about equality because of the treatment of Kurds in his own country. After all, the Kurds of Iraq are in a better situation than the Kurds of Turkey.
I agree with the above. I think it's a solid take. Again, it's Rudaw so I wouldn't be surprised if it tilted towards the Kurds in its coverage. But I expect Reuters to be impartial.
Instead of being impartial, they repeatedly took Nouri's side in one filing after another today. They presented the above as having happened last week because Turkey and its ruler Erdogan were so awful. Doubt me?
Check out Barry Malone's "Iraq summons Turkish envoy over Erdogan broadside" and Ayla Jean Yackley's "Turkish PM Lashes out at Iraqi counterpart, denied meddling." Those are both Retuers articles and they are not impartial and they blame Erdogan.
It's funny. We've already noticed how they've stopped their Factbox on violence because Nouri wanted it stopped. Violence still takes place, Reuters just ignores it unless it's so big every outlet is covering it.
It appears they do whatever Nouri wants them too.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"