Kurds want to negotiate with Baghdad, offer to postpone independence

On Wednesday 25 October, Kurdish minority leaders in Iraq have put off their efforts to declare the independence as evidence of their will to resolve the crisis with the Iraqi government in a peaceful way. They want to soothe the current confrontational situation and avoid further violence.

A spokesman for Iraqi armed forces, however, does not accept this and proposes to continue the offensive to capture other Iraqi territories from the Kurds. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) is proposing an immediate ceasefire, freezing the results of the referendum and launching an official dialogue with the Iraqi government. On 16 October, Iraq launched an offensive against Kirkuk which the Kurds originally conquered from the so-called Islamic State (IS). The Iraqi army drew Kurds from the city and occupied the local oil fields. According to some sources, the IS took advantage of the withdrawal of Kurdish forces and captured two villages west of Kirkuk. The question remains what approach will the US take as the supporter of both, now hostile, parties. It is to be expected that IS will continue to use this rivalry to partially regroup its forces after heavy defeats. The Kurds have been withdrawing so far and there has not been any heavy fighting with government forces but this situation may change once they move deeper into Kurdish territory.

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