Erbil, Baghdad Strengthen Ties in face of IS 06 October 2014

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Erbil, Baghdad Strengthen Ties in face of IS

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Erbil, Baghdad Strengthen Ties in face of Islamic State
It was never impossible to repair the long-strained relationship between the Baghdad and Erbil governments. Compromise had always been available to both parties.
In light of the current threatening situation and the challenges facing Iraq, such solutions are finally helping to put relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Baghdad-based Iraqi central government back on track.
The Kurds have welcomed decisions by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to release money to pay the salaries of KRG employees, to de-escalate tensions with Erbil and to pledge to work on permanent solutions to crises.
There have been significant differences between the two sides for a number of years, but these now appear to be dissipating as the forces of the Islamic State (IS) approach the outskirts of Baghdad and Erbil. This mutual threat has prompted the involved parties to re-evaluate their positions to ensure they can respond to this danger.
When IS took Mosul in June, influential political actors, some of them close to the former government of Nouri al-Maliki, tried to take advantage of the crisis to sever relations between Arabs and Kurds, promoting the idea that Mosul had been invaded with the blessings of the Kurdistan region.
Meanwhile, parties in Iraqi Kurdistan tried to take advantage of the IS threat by advocating the declaration of a “state,” believing at the time that IS would only pose a threat to Baghdad.
The truth is that IS’ advances did not represent a logical or good opportunity for making political gains anywhere. As the Iraqi government initially insisted on escalating the situation with the Kurds, the strained relations between Baghdad and Erbil weakened the Iraqi army in the face of IS’ expansion.


4 thoughts on “Erbil, Baghdad Strengthen Ties in face of IS 06 October 2014

  1. May I please share with all of you regarding ISIS….Just received this from a praying friend…and, of course, I have no way of proving whether this is true or not…only that it is being shared with me by a group of believers that do believe in the power of prayer. We also pray for the soldiers of not just the US, but those of our allies. Thank you for your prayers, and thank you, Ralph, for making this site possible. You are a sweetheart!

    Lord bless each!

    Here is the email:

    Date: Monday, October 6, 2014, 5:36 PM

    I don’t know the direct

    origin (or “sender”) of this email. However, we

    all know that this story is playing out all over the

    world. And, those of us that “dwell in the House

    of the Lord” are aware that a fervent / sincere prayer

    is the best gift we can give anyone in



    Prayer request


    received this urgent prayer email below from Don Clark, FCCI

    Area Leader from Chicago.Samaritan’s

    Purse is headed by Pres. & CEO Franklin Graham, son of

    Billy Graham.Please

    PRAY and forward this email to your sphere with thanks.


    O. White CPA | Ambassador … Prayer warriors needed



    Friends, Just a few minutes ago I received the following

    text message on my phone from Sean Malone who leads Crisis

    Relief International (CRI). We then spoke briefly on the

    phone and I assured him that we would share this urgent

    prayer need with all of our contacts. “We

    lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS and

    they are beheading children systematically. This is the city

    we have been smuggling food too. ISIS has pushed back

    Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of where

    our CRI team is working. Thousands more fled into the city

    of Erbil last night. The UN evacuated it’s staff in

    Erbil. Our team is unmoved and will stay. Prayer cover

    needed!” Please

    pray sincerely for the deliverance of the people of Northern

    Iraq from the terrible advancement of ISIS and its extreme

    Islamic goals for mass conversion or death for Christians

    across this region. May I plead with you not to ignore this

    email. Do not forward it before you have prayed through it.

    Then send it to as many people as possible. Send it to

    friends and Christians you may know. Send it to your prayer

    group. We need to stand in the gap for our fellow



  2. Hey Laura. I am a Christian and believe in prayer. That being said, this email has been circulating for a while. Maybe six weeks or more. Not sure what the status is now but it has been around since maybe the first couple weeks after the initial Isis assaults before the election.


  3. With all the strategic gains and victories reported against these evil ones..
    it seems that maybe the prayers have been answered…..


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