Het hangt in de lucht, de komende burgeroorlog in Irak:
“If the Kurds want to separate from Iraq it’s OK, as long as they keep their present boundaries,” said Sgt. Hazim Aziz, an Arab soldier who was stubbing out a cigarette in a barracks room. “But there can be no conversation about them taking Kirkuk. … If it becomes a matter of fighting, then we will join any force that fights to keep Kirkuk. We will die to keep it.”
“These soldiers do not know anything about Kirkuk,” Capt. Ismail Mahmoud, a former member of the Kurdish Peshmerga militia, said as he got up angrily and walked out of the room. “There is no other choice. If Kirkuk does not become part of Kurdistan peacefully we will fight for 100 years to take it.”
En het wrange is, dat de Amerikanen nu de soldaten aan beide kanten opleiden. Omdat ze zouden moeten zorgen voor hun eigen vrede en veiligheid.