Former CIA director David Petraeus said the Kurds have the right to their own independent state, but added it would not be an easy task.
“I think, ultimately, they probably do have a right to an independent state and an independent people, but again they’re going to have to get a good deal,” Pretraeus said in statements to Australian media.
“This has to be an amicable divorce with Iraq and a good deal with Turkey before they can risk that,” he added.
Kurdistan Region announced it would hold an independence referendum on September 25.
“But I literally don’t think they can afford to be independent. We calculated at one point – the CIA – that they needed to export about 800,000 barrels of oil at US$105 per barrel.”
“They are only producing 800,000 barrels on a really good day and exporting a subset of that now in the forties per barrel,” he claimed. “So, they still need some of what they get from Baghdad,” he concluded.