‘Al Jazeera‘s Martine Dennis travelled to Erbil, the capital of the Kurds semi-autonomous region in the north of the country – where they have prospered since the removal of Saddam Hussein – to find out whether we are truly witnessing the start of the break-up of Iraq. Masoud Barzani talks to Al Jazeera about autonomy, the current state of Iraq and the Kurds’ role in the country (19 July 2014)’.
Dr Farsat Sofi, an MP from Barzani’s dynastic Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP) some time ago said that a “greater Kurdistan is the dream of every Kurd. But for now we want to set up a state in this country”, and adding that “We never wanted to be in Iraq in the first place. It’s been forced upon us”. And finally, Farsat Sofi spelled it out: “If [Nouri al-Maliki] continues like this we will use this right to self-determination”.
The Guardian‘s Luke Harding and Fazel Hawramy elucidate that since “2003, Kurdistan’s regional government in Irbil, the KRG, has been locked in a bitter dispute with Iraq’s federal leaders in Baghdad. The row encompasses revenue sharing, the implementation of the 2005 constitution – which is supposed to determine what happens to contested territories outside the autonomous Kurdish region – and al-Maliki’s alleged dictatorial tendencies”.
 Luke Harding and Fazel Hawramy, “Kurds hope oil boom will fuel prosperous independent future” The Guardian (14 July 2014). http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/14/kurdish-technocrats-discuss-kurdistan-oil-wealth.
 Luke Harding and Fazel Hawramy, “Kurds hope oil boom will fuel prosperous independent future”.