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Kurdish independence referendum to go ahead in Iraq

A controversial referendum on Kurdish independence in Iraq will go ahead according to Massoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the country.

“The referendum will be held on time… Dialogue with Baghdad will resume after the referendum,” he said in an official statement on the KRG website. He had earlier told a gathering in Kirkuk that the vote was a “natural right”.

The Kurdish people have been fighting for their independence since colonial powers divided up the Middle East after the end of the First World War.

Kurds & Catalans have the right to self determination in their own lands. #Solidarity #TwitterKurds #Kurdistan #Catalonia #Referendum pic.twitter.com/YCEnOpZd7A— Kurdish Solidarity (@Hevallo) September 12, 2017

“Unconstitutional”

The Iraqui parliament earlier voted against the poll being held, branding it “unconstitutional” and, authorising the Prime Minister to “take all measures” to preserve the country’s unity. However, the resolution did not specify what these measures might be.

PM HaiderAlAbadi: Myself and the Cabinet reiterate that Iraq is indivisible.— Government of Iraq (IraqiGovt) September 12, 2017

The KRG has already seen its central government funding slashed in protest against its selling of oil directly to Turkey.

Kurdish lawmakers walked out of Parliament before the decision was taken. “Kurdish lawmakers walked out of (Tuesday’s) session but the decision to reject the referendum was passed by a majority,” said Mohammed al-Karbouli, a Sunni Muslim lawmaker.

Sunrise on the Irbil-Mosul highway. Waaay more Kurdish flags than last time I was here – referendum fever has well and truly set in. pic.twitter.com/Syli3iU8Ip— Bethan McKernan (@mck_beth) September 13, 2017

Opposition to the referendum

Oil-rich Kirkuk voted last month to participate in the referendum, stoking tensions with its Arab and Turkmen residents.

Not all Kurds are keen on the referendum, however. One leading businessman, Shaswar Abdulwahid Qadir, has been promoting a “No for now” vote, arguing that an independence declaration would bring instability at a critical moment.

this democratic #KurdistanReferandum is in no way meant to create any hostilities towards any components of Iraq https://t.co/Vv3yu51pg6— Masoud Barzani (@masoud_barzani) September 10, 2017

Western powers are concerned the 25 September vote will ignite tensions with Baghdad and distract from the battle against so-called Islamic State.

Neighbouring Syria, Turkey and Iran also oppose the move, fearing it could provoke uprisings amongst their own ethnic Kurdish populations.



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  • They had one in 2005, didn't mean shit they can vote till their heart stops, there are over 100 thousand Shia hardcore marching towards kirkuk, good luck apes Zionists cannot have a foot hold in the middle east.

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  • "Kurdistan" ain't gonna happen. This CIA/Israeli project will fail.

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    • Dont worry about Iraqi Kurdistan its alive due to Turkish funding. 18 Turkish miliitary bases in there and 2 MIT offices. It gets its training and weapons from us too. Only income is a pipeline that passes Turkey and goes to Israel. I know sad but truth. @jim miklas

      YPG are the problem. Iraqi Kurds are civilized and we cant have more then one Kurdistan, others will want in too. 

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    • @Pargali Ibrahim Pasha Dont worry,KRG has no problem throwing them out,if barzani want,she can support PKK.
      KRG is not saudi arabia.
      Besides,turkish fundings make KRG even stronger.
      These soldiers and agents wont stay there forever as well.
      Remember,6 Million Kurds are living there and 250.000 peshmergas.
      +Good luck with that.

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    • @jim miklas If you had two brain cells to rub together you would know America and every other western country (although maybe some in EU and Russia do) are extremely opposed to the referendum. They are afraid of ballet boxes. They are afraid of democracy and freedom.

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  • FREE KURDISTAN!!

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  • Let the butthurt commence.

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  • Then get all Kurds to go live in Iraq then? Ohh that wont do will it you need indepandance everywhere there is a Kurd. Seems legit.

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  • If they get a state in Iraq then terrorism has won. Thet will then use that state to commit terror acts in Syria, Iraq and Turkey like the treacherous cunts they are

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  • Soon also Israyel is gonna vote for independence of j00ws in Syriya. Freedon for y00ws to bulldoze up new rose gardens there....

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  • welcome to european slavery.

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  • https://www.timesofisrael.com/iraqi-kurdistan-sees-a-jewish-revival-thanks-to-the-islamic-state/

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  • we never know what are news or rumors or threats with the middle easterners

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  • they deserve it for all the shit they had to put up with, only for them all of iraq would probably have fallen to isis cause the iraqi army are a bunch of cowards

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  • Barzani is a fool who speak only for a small part of Kurds. Kurds themselves are not united at all.

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  • watch them get annexed by iran or turkey lol

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    • @Korpze Thats after they get annexed by the sionists imperialists. They are signing a deal with the devil thinking it will lead to their independence but in reality they will just be a puppet state like rest of the western world, eating the invisible hand of the rothchilds and its kin.

      The goal is to creat a buffer state in the region, to aid Israel in its effort for regional dominance.

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    • @Globaljustice Dude anything is better than being a part on IRAQ. Common, Iraq is an unstable country with alot of war. Atleast in a "puppet" state there would be peace.

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    • @Kurdish Soldier There wont be peace, you think Turkey, IRAN, Syria will allow this?
      The proxy war will continue, and you kurds will be used as cannon fodder.
      But I have nothing aginst kurdish independence, but there wont be any kurdish exodus, you think kurds who has established themselves around the world would just leave everything they built and move to the "holy land" ? That wont happen :D

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    • @Globaljustice I mean the Kurdish zone of Iraq are very developed compared to the rest of Iraq. And if war happens atleast we will fight for our own land and people and that is worth dying for. And if we became a country Isreal and USA will protect us against our enemys. And why would we need other Kurds to come back? that´s like saying that all the Turks in Germany etc should go back to Turkey just because Turkey is a country?

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    • @Kurdish Soldier Israel and USA will controll, opress, and brainwash you kurds into being cannonfodder for their wars, just look at the current situation. YPG recives millions of dollars. You get cash, but blood is the price.
      Israhell might get an ally neighbour , but israels enemies will have another nation to prepare wars aginst..

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  • I remember how the Sunnis were poking Baghdad and were willing to go to war with the Federal government. They claimed they were marginalized even though they hard proper representation in parliament and all government branches. They collaborated with rebel groups and brought ISIS in on the campaign. All rebel groups quickly got dominated by ISIS and the battle ensued. Now Baghdad stands stronger and sunni cities lay in ruins and the morons that lead that camp ran away to Kurdistan and Turkey. Th More..

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