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September 29, 2017

Kurds Vote on Independence Despite Washington, Baghdad Threats

U.S. News & World Report
By: Paul D. Shinkman


Kurds in Iraq went to the polls Monday in a referendum that was all but certain to result in a broad public support for independence from Baghdad, a vote their leaders say will begin the process of forming a new state but which would also force a showdown that could lead to the breakup of Iraq and a wider destabilization of the region.

It remains unclear how the Kurds will act upon the results of the referendum – whether they are ready to create and defend a new nation, by force if necessary as Baghdad has threatened, or whether they believe proceeding with the vote serves as a bargaining chip to exert greater influence over the Iraqi central government and their neighbors …

“Of the countless issues bedeviling Iraq and the region, the long simmering Kurdish question may have both the longest reach and most lasting consequences,” private intelligence firm The Soufan Group wrote in a Monday analysis …




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