The autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan has seen increased hostilities between two rival factions, bringing the region to the brink of civil war.
The ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), presided by Masoud Barzani, has lost an oilfield when rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) stormed the site near Kirkuk.
Issues of oil and allegations of Barnazi’s corruption by the PUK is pushing for the PUK’s militia to take control.
Meanwhile, preliminary reports suggest that the KDP are on the brink of attacking the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who are mostly based in Turkey, and seek for autonomy in the Kurdish-dominated areas of that country.
It is well documentated that Barzani has a significant relationship with Turkey’s President Erdogan with mutual interests on oil and containing the PKK.