South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin writes for Al-Monitor on statements made by Iraqi Kurdish officials in the aftermath of the fall of the city of Mosul to Sunni extremist militants: 

An Iraqi Kurdish delegation said they are hearing “more and more understanding” of Kurdish aspirations for greater sovereignty in the aftermath of the radical Sunni Arab seizure of much of western Iraq.

Speaking on July 2 before a packed audience at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Fuad Hussein, chief of staff to Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the external relations department of the KRG, said the Kurdish administration would not rush toward outright independence — which is still officially opposed by the United States and Iraq’s neighbors — but would no longer accept restrictions imposed by the Baghdad government.

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