Skip to comments.Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote
Posted on 09/25/2017 8:03:08 PM PDT by BeauBo
Large numbers of people have taken part in a landmark vote on independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region, amid growing opposition both at home and abroad. Votes are still being counted, with a big "yes" victory expected. Kurds say it will give them a mandate to negotiate secession, but Iraq's PM denounced it as "unconstitutional". Neighbours Turkey and Iran, fearing separatist unrest in their own Kurdish minorities, threatened to close borders and impose sanctions on oil exports. The referendum passed off peacefully across the three provinces that make up the region, and turnout was estimated at about 72%, according to the electoral commission.
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Lot's of celebration in Iraqi Kurdistan - they have wanted independence for generations (like the Irish, before Independence)
Of course, THE SWAMP opposes and the USA will once again betray these brave people who foolishly were our allies.
Yep, the Kurds are not ISIS or Islamist friendly.
Between this, the defeat of ISIS and the rise of a de facto Syrian Kurdish territory (Rojava - West Kurdistan), the Kurds are closer to their long held dream of Independence, than anyone alive today has seen.
Baghdad demands that the KRG hand over all border posts and airports immediately, but Barzani said that the partnership with Iraq is over.
Iran closed the border. Iran and Turkey massed some military near the border.
Reminds me of a scaled down version of the birth of Israel. Some have been calling it a potential "second Israel in the region."
YOU sir, are a chauvinist!!! Perhaps even a male chauvinist pig!!!
And the WORST PART is that I WAS GOING TO POST THAT!!!!
Someone always beats me to the good posts.
What a hotty
The Kurds paid for their independence in blood, when the Iraqi government was cowering in Baghdad in fear of ISIS. If the U.S. sides with the artificial entity called Iraq it will be a stain on America’s reputation.
The globalist Deep Staters & Administration appointees such as McMaster will be pushing for an anti-Kurd independence policy.
Thank you sir!
It did not go un-noted.
[UPDATE] RTÜK decides to remove KRGs TV channel from Turkish satellite
Erdogan the Islamist must have had a Hitler bunker moment spew.
You don’t vote to take land from a sovereign nation. California can’t and these leftist Kurds can’t. This was an exercise in futility— Trust me. Kurds don’t take land away from Syria or Iraq by voting their own interest. This is laughable.
I don’t think so. There is more than the US in the background on this.
Iraq and Syria are countries made up by British and French diplomats after WWI. They didn’t take into consideration ethnic and relidious divides. The referendum is just part of an ongoing correction to the fubar event that took place close to 100 years ago.
When in the Course of human events...
Iraq would be wise to give the Kurds a LARGE degree of autonomy and have them as an ally, not an enemy.
Lots of the pieces are in the air now. A lot more than is reported anywhere.
I hope they make it to independence or at least a federated entity with internal governance. That is if Turkey and the rest of Iraq let them.
Turkey has 15 million Kurds within its borders. They would be wise to avoid spilling a lot of blood.
Erdogan is and will be a problem.
Your assumption about the motives of the British and French after WWI is totally mistaken. These colonialist countries absolutely took into consideration ethnic and religious divides. Their whole purpose was to compose countries with such a mix of incompatible entities that they would be easy to rule. Remember the old “divide and rule” saying. They made sure there was lots of division. They also did it in Africa, for example Nigeria with Yoruba, Hausa, and Ibo. You may not remember the vicious Ibo war a few decades ago when the more competent Ibos wanted their independence or at least autonomy from the rest of Nigeria. A hundred years ago, the only fubar was the fact that these diplomats represented the “deep state” of their era and deliberately made these messes.
Your point about Nigeria is demonstrated again by current events - the Government is conducting another genocidal campaign against largely Christian ethnic groups who were shoe-horned into Nigeria when formed, and who have been bucking to get out every since.
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