AUDIO: Iraq: “The influence of the West is very limited now”
By http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_06_24/Iraq-The-influence-of-the-West-is-very-limited-now-8769/, June 25, 2014
Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani has strongly suggested that his region would seek formal independence from the rest of Iraq.
ISIS have overrun a swathe of territory in the north and west including the second-biggest city, Mosul. They are bearing down on a vital dam near Haditha and have captured all border crossings to Syria and Jordan.
What kind of threat do they pose to the region and the west? Is it an existential one? Will the current borders of Iraq last?
To discuss this Brendan Cole is joined by:
Felicity Arbuthnot, a journalist specialising in the Middle East and Iraq
Sir William Patey, former UK Ambassador to Iraq and adviser to Control Risks
Jabbar Hasan, director of Iraqi Association in Britain
Hussein al-Alak, British-based journalist and chairman of the Iraq Solidarity Campaign UK (on the line from Manchester)
Zaid al-Ali, author of the recently published book The Struggle for Iraq’s Future (on the line from Cairo)