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Kurdistan Region of Iraq proceeding with independence ballot

Kurdistan Region of Iraq proceeding with independence ballot”

Shortly after sunset on Monday, gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on one of the offices of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, Mohammed Samaan Kanaan, in charge of the movement's offices, told reporters. We said to the ambassador that they should support us, the oppressed.

"But these will not be ordinary", Erdogan said.

"The central government, political parties in Iraq, and neighboring states have stressed that this referendum is a wrong step". In recent years, both Baghdad and Erbil cooperated in the fight against the Islamic State.

Turkish presidency sources said Abadi and Erdogan agreed during a phone call on Monday that the KRG's "insistence would increase tensions in the region". Erdoğan also stressed that the global community "left the Syrian public alone" while noting that Ankara would support any step that will be taken for building a Syria that is based on its territorial integrity, stability and prosperity. Altogether the Kurdish Regional Government controls about 17 % of Iraq. Despite its initial intransigence after the Kurds gained autonomy in 1991, Ankara has invested extensive resources in Kurdistan's economy, has helped build a pipeline that enables it to independently export its hydrocarbons and that, as a result, has helped integrate Kurdistan into the worldwide system - despite knowing that this could one day transform the region into an independent Kurdish state.

While the commissioning of the pipeline and first domestic supplies are scheduled to take place in 2019, the export of gas through the pipeline is planned for 2020. "We are waiting for it from the U.S.", he said.

The move follows [JURIST report] the Council of Iraq's [official website] vote on Tuesday that denied [official summary, Arabic] the referendum petition of Kurdistan to permit its independence.

"We are stuck with this job".

The latest resolution by the European Parliament on Iraq was issued in November 2016 and deals with the refugee and security situation in Northern Iraq and Mosul without mentioning the Kurdish referendum. Turkey, Syria and Iran are all staunchly against the referendum as they fear a potential contagion effect from their own Kurdish populations.

Turkey's military drill, launched on its southeastern border to Iraq on Monday, September 19, is due to last until September 26, one day after the now suspended referendum.

The Turkish air force frequently strikes against PKK units operating from the mountains of northern Iraq, and limited detachments of Turkish infantry have made forays across the frontier in the past.

Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi is reported as saying the vote could jeopardise gains achieved by the Kurds under the self-rule arrangement.

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani has said a "yes" vote would not trigger an immediate declaration of independence but rather kick-start "serious discussions" with Baghdad.

"I think this is a national matter".



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