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Iraq's Kurds: 92% voted in favor of independence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the referendum on support for independence for Iraqi Kurdistan next door risks sparking an "ethnic war" in the region. 
In a speech at the presidential palace in Ankara on Tuesday, Mr. Erdogan reiterated that all options, including the military, are on the table to protect Turkey's security.

Iraq's Kurds: 92% voted in favor of independence
Iraq's Kurds: 92% voted in favor of independence
He also repeated his Monday threat to cut off the pipeline which exports the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq's oil across the Turkish border.

Despite all this, the Kurdish referendum on independence from Iraq was approved by more than 92 percent of voters, Hendrin Mohammed, the head of the Kurdish region's election commission, announced the official results at a press conference on Wednesday, as Iraq's prime minister vowed to keep his country united without resorting to the use of force.
Iraq's Kurds: 92% voted in favor of independence
Iraq's Kurds: 92% voted in favor of independence

Iraq's Arab-dominated parliament has approved a 13-point resolution that gives al-Abadi the mandate to deploy troops in the disputed territories, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday he doesn't want a "fight between the Iraqi citizens."
At a meeting with lawmakers, he instead vowed to "enforce the rule of the federal authority in the Kurdish region with the power of the constitution."


Posted By Raela Hafizi

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