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Iraqi Kurdish officials describe 'different country' after Mosul

Two top Iraqi Kurdish officials, speaking in Washington, say Iraq is divided between an Islamist state, a democratic Kurdistan Region and a 'failed government' in Baghdad.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (centre, R) talks with Fuad Hussein (centre,L), chief of staff at the presidency of the Kurdistan Regional Government, while accompanied by Kurdish regional foreign relations minister Falah Mustafa Bakir (R) and other officials, at Arbil International Airport  June 24, 2014. Kerry was in Iraqi Kurdistan on Tuesday to urge its leaders not to withdraw from the political process in Baghdad after their forces took control of the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Peshmerga fighters,

An Iraqi Kurdish delegation said they are hearing “more and more understanding” of Kurdish aspirations for greater sovereignty in the aftermath of the radical Sunni Arab seizure of much of western Iraq.

Speaking on July 2 before a packed audience at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the external relations department of the KRG, said the Kurdish administration would not rush toward outright independence — which is still officially opposed by the United States and Iraq’s neighbors — but would no longer accept restrictions imposed by the Baghdad government.

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