Supreme court steps in to block Iraq Kurd independence vote

Randolph Lopez
Сентября 20, 2017

Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, said that Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's referendum entails violence.

"Turkey's closure of Habur border crossing point, the suspension of oil supplies and the closure of the Iranian border will have a serious impact on the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq", he said.

"We want the government and parliament of fraternal Azerbaijan to adopt a statement condemning the referendum decision of the Kurdish autonomous region of northern Iraq and stressing that it's unacceptable to associate the future of Kirkuk and other Turkmen regions with the referendum", Salihi added.

Turkey also sees itself as protector of Iraq's ethnic Turkmen minority, with particular concern about Kirkuk where Kurds have extended their control since seizing the oil city when Islamic State overwhelmed Iraqi forces in 2014.

He said that hours later a police patrol that included the brother of the man who had been killed attacked another office, which set off clashes.

Russian oil giant Rosneft said today that will soon finalise a deal to develop pipelines in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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Baghdad, Turkey, Iran and the global community have rejected the vote and asked the Kurds to call it off to avoid further destabilizing the region.

Despite strong opposition from Baghdad, regional leaders and the United States - a key ally of Iraq's Kurds - Kurdish officials have continued to pledge that the vote will be held.

Around 100 military vehicles - including tanks, towed howitzers, and launching pads - were involved in the drills, Hurriyet news reports, citing Dogan news agency.

Iraqi Kurds wave Kurdish flags in Arbil on September 13, 2017 ahead of their planned independence referendum. It weakened beyond 3.5 to the dollar on Tuesday for the first time in four weeks.

Cross-border trade, however, appeared to continue. Rosneft has long sought to challenge Gazprom, Russia's gas export monopoly, in supplying gas to Europe. It appears the referendum is going to go ahead as planned on September 25 and if it is held, I'm interested in what your response will be.

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