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Northern Iraq, Ethnic Minorities Are Key to Rebuilding After ISIS

* Alda Benjamen Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 Late last month, in an unexpected political maneuver after Iraqi Kurdish officials went ahead with their controversial referendum on independence, Iraq’s central government restored its dominance over most of the so-called disputed territories in the north of the country. Even though they fall outside the jurisdiction of the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, these areas had effectively been controlled by the KRG for the past three years, amid the chaos created by the self-proclaimed Islamic State and the retreat of Iraqi forces. Iraqi forces swept through the key, oil-rich city of Kirkuk, as well as Sinjar and much of the Nineveh Plain, north and east of Mosul, meeting little or no resistance from Kurdish…

A statement by Kaldo Oghanna regarding the Lars Adaktusson Brussels Conference

We are saddened and shocked that MEP Lars Adaktusson is using the esteemed European Parliament as the venue to deny the political will of the Chaldean Syriac Assyrian people. On March 6, 2017, ten of our political parties signed a joint statement agreeing to a collective policy that was presented to the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government as a list of our agreed upon political demands. The March 6 Joint Statement requires the creation of a Nineveh Plain Province, would build our administrative and self-defense capabilities, remove the Nineveh Plain from the devastating impact of the Kurdistan Regional Government and Government of Iraq political struggle and gives our people a choice of whether to hold a referendum…

An interesting interpretation and analysis of the revised policy document at the EU conference on the Nineveh Plain.

t is fascinating how, after a description of the post-ISIS history of the NP — and with no reference to the fact that pre-ISIS conditions facilitated the invasion and destruction of the area in 2014 — the text reaches back to the ‘establishment of the state of Iraq in 1921’. This is intended to underscore and frame a sense that Iraq is fundamentally illegitimate, everything is up for grabs, and decisions generated by or facilitated through Iraq today (NPU; Iraqi Government decision to form a province in January 2014) are not binding. — The thrust of the new text is to use ‘unity’ as a pretext to gather Assyrian political and security energies with a view to a referendum in…