Ex-State Dept. Official: US Lacks Leverage to Mediate in Iraqi-Kurdish Conflict | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Ex-State Dept. Official: US Lacks Leverage to Mediate in Iraqi-Kurdish Conflict

Former US State Department official Wa'el Alzayat said the United States does not have enough power in Iraq to facilitate dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil in order to resolve the ongoing crisis.
"Because the United States have a close relationship with both sides, they want to maintain that relationship. I think they will not be able to bridge the differences. And it is also a byproduct of the fact that we don't have the same power we used to in Iraq, we don’t have the same amount of troops, we don't have the same political clout," Alzayat said, RIA Novosti reported.

Alzayat, who served as special assistant to the US Ambassador to Iraq from 2011 to 2012, said the United States would like to see Iraq united but acknowledged that the Iraqi government will likely continue to push the Kurds in an effort to prevent them from seceding.

Despite the fact the United States at present cannot influence the sides to the conflict, Washington may restrict US arms sales to Iraq for the foreseeable future.

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