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Iran closes border with Iraqi Kurdistan -- Calls referendum on independence "illegal and illegitimate"


© AFP | Kurdish Peshmergas place their ink-stained fingers on a Kurdish flag after voting in the Kurdish independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 25, 2017… 174 more words

As a Kurd, I can tell you why this independence referendum is so crucial

While their neighbours are busy building weapons, the Kurds are taking in refugees, yet many Middle Eastern countries as well as the UK and the US seem to be opposed to Kurdish independence… 172 more words


Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to stage independence referendum

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – Voting began in northern Iraq on Monday in an independence referendum organized by Kurdish authorities, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from neighboring Turkey and Iran, and international warnings it may ignite yet more regional conflict.

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss response to Iraqi referendum during Iran visit

FILE PHOTO – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 1, 2017. 95 more words

Why I support Kurdistan’s independence referendum

Here is an English version of my latest article in Al-Hurra  

( photo via the Guardian)

In 838, a Kurdish leader based in Mosul named Mir Jafar Dasni revolted against the Caliph  650 more words


The Vote Slowly Creeps Forward

Today is 25 September 2017 and if all goes well the Kurds will vote on referendum to become an independent region/nation.

Here is a paper by a group that I have worked with in the past…..the International Crisis Group…..it is about the risks involved in the vote by the Kurds…. 761 more words

International Situations

to establish Barzanistan...

The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government is holding an “independence referendum” today under the chairmanship of Massoud Barzani; which is opposed by many other countries, including Turkey and Iran. 4,699 more words