According to independent journalists in the Iraqi Kurdish city Sulaymani, a sympathy protest in favor of Egypt and Tunisia turned bloody just a few moments ago. After the gathering, some youths threw stones at the local headquarters of Masud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). From within the building, KDP officials shot into the crowd, killing five and injuring at least 15.
Iraqi Kurdistan was the most pro-American region of Iraq. Barzani has also been fairly sympathetic to Israel. Despite its impressive economic development and relative security, it has also become increasingly oppressive. The top may have just burst off the pressure cooker.