US withdrawal from Iraq is predictable: professor
A Kurdish writer and professor of political history at Sulaimani University stressed on the need for a new self-review by Kurdistan Region rulers and their unity and solidarity and sharing their positions in relations with the regional countries and the world.

In an interview with Kurdpress, Dr. Hussein Mohammad Aziz, Professor of Political History at Sulaimani University, referred to the political situation and developments in Kurdistan Region, Iraq and the region and stressed on the need for regional governors and political parties to reassess their policies and consider the interests of the Region beyond party and family interests, and enter into dialogue and interaction with the countries of the region and the world through unity and having common positions and a common discourse, otherwise they have no place in the world, and the Region's current relations with the outside world and the countries of the region will be unstable.

Regarding the balance of power in Iraq and the Region and the foreign relations of the regional government, the Kurdish professor noted that "Western governments are dissatisfied with the Region ties with Iran and opposed them, as they have differences and conflicts of interest with Iraq and Turkey has a similar position. Meanwhile, the Turks consider the Kurdish Region as a part of the Turkish territory and insist on the annexation of the old province of Mosul to Turkey, especially since the legal term of the Lausanne Treaty will expire in two years, and undoubtedly there would be severe tensions between the countries of the region on the one hand and between foreign countries on the other.

Regarding the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the possibility of its pullout from Iraq and Syria and its impact on the position of the Kurds in the region, Dr. Hussein Aziz stated "the US withdrawal from Afghanistan does not seem to have much impact on the political situation in Iraq and the Region as Iraq is completely different in every way."

He noted that "the US withdrawal from Afghanistan was not abrupt and that secret agreements had been made with the Taliban and that the Taliban would preserve US interests in the region, but that the ultimate US withdrawal from Iraq and the region is 'quite probable and predictable' as these forces do not stay in the area forever and have to leave this region one day, but when they leave the area is another matter."

He also noted that "there is a strong relationship between the Kurdistan Region and the United States and the global coalition against ISIS, and that this relationship depends on several factors, including the political situation in Iraq and Iran, as well as the ISIS; but we should know the continuing tensions in the area is not in the interest of any side, which is why the coalition forces remain in the region for the time being."

The Iraqi Kurdish writer pointed out that the leaders of the Region's political parties could not maintain the ties that had been established in 2003 after the fall of the Ba'athist regime in the interests of the Kurds, because Kurdish political parties were divided. There are internal divisions, on the other hand, and they have little control over the administration of the government.

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