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The Independent - United Kingdom | 13/08/2014

Without Kurds Iraq would fall apart

The West needs the Kurds in the fight against the terrorist Islamic State but refuses to acknowledge the ethnic group's right to independence, legal expert Catherine Philps writes in the left-liberal daily The Independent: "The crux is that the western powers still do not support the Kurds' right to self-determination. With Kurdish independence closer than it has ever been, America's interests - once again - diverge from those of the Kurds. What would the future of Iraq look like if the moderate oil-rich Kurdish region withdrew? As a third force between the two Arab components of the population - the majority Shia and the minority Sunnis - the Kurds have helped to keep the country together. Without the Kurds, and with security in the hands of the failed Iraqi army, many believe the country would be ungovernable."

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