Iraqi Kurd urges regional rule for Iraqi Sunnis


Iraq’s central government in Baghdad must give up much of its authority to local power centers — and potentially permit the creation of an autonomous Sunni Muslim region — if the nation is to survive the fight against ISIS militants, a senior Iraqi Kurdish official said Tuesday.

As a result, Baghdad has starved much of the country of power and oil revenues, giving rise to widespread frustration among minority Sunnis and Kurds, and even some Shiites who make up about 60 percent of Iraq’s population.

Most of the anger grew during the government of former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite who held power for eight years before stepping down under pressure in August. He was replaced by another Shiite premier, Haider al-Abadi, whom Talabani on Tuesday described as “pragmatic and practical” enough to perhaps agree to diluting Baghdad’s power to regions.

The U.S. has worked for years to bolster the central government in Baghdad, fearing that partitioning the country ultimately could dissolve Iraq.
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