Saddam Hussein, Kurdistan, Kurdish Regional Government discussed on The Economist Radio (All audio) - The week ahead: Abandoning hope

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And it seems in hindsight that he met the resistance largely with bravado because pretty much the entity that he was creating turned out to be an empty shell economically politically militarily and ultimately it was the failure of the cuts to really muster a defence which has proved their undoing and has cost them pretty much the greater part of the territory that they have gained since the fall of saddam hussein in two thousand and three you're talking about something in the realm of sort of thirty six thousand square kilometers half because it's done some revenues from the loss of oilfields and really a fundamental loss of morale and belief in the prospects of an independent kurdistan and say what is the division of power now in terms of the kurdish regional government and baghdad in northern iraq uh it's still up to be determined and on and absolutely i mean that probably won't even be determined round the table to love it is going to be simply through brute force where things stand at the moment as you've got a deeplydivided entity as well in which it doesn't appear in the moment that the iraqi government is dealing with a central administration in kurdistan it's gone back really to the error of saddam hussein when baghdad dealt with the kurds as two separate fiefs one based around the bus on a family in the west and the that pierce have capital bill another in sulaimaniya in in the east the talabani's and it's really engaging with these two separate feces to separate camps and it's not clear that what was the regional government is going to be able to sustain itself as a united entity and.

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