This blog post was published on January 15 2012. §
Iraqi Kurds play untraditional regional game in the struggle for power in Syria
Using every opportunity to seize the power to their side playing the kingmaker role, Iraqi Kurdish Coalition right now plays a decisive role in future of Maliki’s government, but on the regional arena and looking to Syria, the Iraqi Kurds became the most important factor that will change the regional power balance.
Under the mediation of Kurdistan president Barzani, Syrian opposition leader Ghalyoun visit to Irbil to meet with the Syrian-Kurds opposition leaders who mistrust both govt and opposition.
Ghalyoun’s visit is timed with the visit of the Lebanese Samir Geagea the leader of the Christian “Lebanese Forces” Party to Kurdistan. The worrying thing is that Wahbi Kashita the “Lebanese Forces” Security and Armament officer joined Geagea in this visit, which suggests that all the parties involved in these negotiations (Kurds, Lebanese opposition and Syrian opposition) are discussing some kind of military options.
Ghalyoun’s goal is to win the Syrian Kurds to his side and Geagea’s goal is to weaken Hezbollah by targeting the Syrian govt, but what about Barzani?
Is Barzani’s point of hosting the most prominent anti-Assad figures is to pressure the Iraqi government? Setting Kurdistan’s policy inline with Turkey, then this is a dangerous game because Iran will start to get involved in Kudistan’s internal affairs.