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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a meeting in Istanbul on September 25, 2017. (Photo by the Turkish Presidential Press Service) Turkish President Recep...
By Sajjad Shaukat for Veterans Today Controversial referendum which was held on September 25, 2017 for an independent Kurdistan, with approximately 93 percent in favour...
On Tuesday, a number of top ranking Iranian political and military figures voiced strong opposition to the independence referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, calling it an Israeli plot and warned about its consequences.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – President Masoud Barzani has claimed the victory for ‘yes’ vote in the independence referendum as he delivered a televised speech to the nation. He called on Baghdad and neighboring countries to respect the will of millions of people who voted yes on Monday.
Jim W. Dean - Iraq needs a civil war now like it needs a hole in the head. But the Balkanization of the country would be worse; so its decision, though an unpleasant one, will be simple...better and less costly to fight now than later.
Jim W. Dean - Iraq could find itself between a rock and a hard place on this Kurdish referendum provocation. If it is not a real call for secession, then the goal may be as a show of political force to renegotiate keeping a bigger share of their oil revenues.
Jim W. Dean - The Kurds are playing with fire with their resolution ploy. The deck is stacked against them as they cannot export their oil through countries around them that deem them a threat.
Iraqi Kurdistan region suffers deep social, political and economic problems and holding the referendum for independence now can provoke instability in the region.