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Last flight departs as Iraq imposes ban for Kurdish independence vote

Last flight departs as Iraq imposes ban for Kurdish independence vote

Reuters - 2017-09-30 03:52
ERBIL, Iraq/ANKARA (Reuters) - The last international flight left Erbil airport on Friday as the Baghdad government imposed an air ban on Iraqi Kurdistan in retaliation for an independence vote that has drawn widespread opposition from foreign powers. ...
Last flight departs as Iraq imposes ban for Kurdish independence vote - Reuters

KRG PM: We are ready for dialogue with Iraq as soon as the central government’s military operation is over

Waar Media - 2017-10-23 22:56
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani on Monday told reporters Kurdish officials are ready for dialogue with Iraq as soon as the central government’s military operation is over. Iraqi forces and Shia militia Hashd al-Shaabi’s ongo ...

Letter to the Editor — Kurdish Independence Vote

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Joe Bialek | Special to Ekurd.net This letter is in response to the articles covering the Kurdish Independence Vote. As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the Kurdish people. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in ...

Israel’s Netanyahu is playing a cynical game on Iraqi Kurdistan referendum

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:35
Michael Rubin | Washington Examiner In the run-up to Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum, almost the entire international community lined up against the Iraqi Kurds’ move toward independence. The Iraqi central government called the Kurdistan Regional Government ...

What should the U.S. do next on Iraqi Kurdistan?

E-Kurd - 2017-10-14 19:34
Michael Rubin | American Enterprise Institute On September 25, Iraqi Kurdistan held an independence referendum not only in its recognized territory, but also in ethnically-mixed areas of Iraq to which both it and the Iraqi government have laid claims. Th ...

Last flight departs as Iraq imposes ban for Kurdish independence vote | Reuters

Reuters - 2017-09-29 17:54

Turkey Calls For Summit With Iran, Iraq Over Kurdish Independence Vote

Rferl - 2017-09-29 14:58

A Kurdish Journalist and film-maker killed by Isis militants in Syria

Roji Kurd - 2017-09-29 00:02
Mehmet Aksoy, Kurdish journalist and film-maker, from London, was working as a press officer for Kurdish forces in Raqqa when military base was attacked Roji Kurd: A Kurdish journalist and film-maker from London has been killed while working alongside Kur ...

Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote - Chicago Tribune

Chicagotribune - 2017-09-28 09:13

More than 92% of Voters in Iraqi Kurdistan Back Independence

The Kurdish Project - 2017-09-28 02:36
The following article was originally published in The Guardian. More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan have opted for independence, according to election monitors, in an overwhelming endorsement of a proposed split from Baghdad that has sparked incre ...

Erdogan threatens halting relations with Israel amid Kurdish independence vote

Jerusalem Post - 2017-09-27 05:41
Israel is the only nation to publicly support the Kurdish independence referendum. ...

After Independence Vote, Iraqi Kurds Gird for Possible Backlash

The Wall Street Journal - 2017-09-27 01:43
The landlocked Kurdish region of Iraq is bracing for potential economic fallout from a referendum on independence strongly opposed by neighboring Turkey and Iran, whose threats to close their borders could squeeze food imports and disrupt oil exports. ...

Iraq threatens flight ban after Kurdish independence vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-26 21:57
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to a landmark Kurdish independence referendum held the da ...

Turkey condemns Kurdish independence vote as Western opposition softens

Washington Post - 2017-09-26 18:45
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened stifling sanctions against the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq. ...

Iran’s leaders opposed Kurdish independence vote in Iraq. Iran’s Kurds celebrated on the streets.

Washington Post - 2017-09-26 15:02
ISTANBUL — Nearly every Middle East government was opposed to Monday's vote for independence in the Kurdish region of Iraq. But not so just across the border in the cities and towns of western Iran. There, thousands of Iranian Kurds, jubilant for their I ...

VOA60 World - Iraq: Kurdish citizens vote today in an independence referendum

Dengî Amerîka - 2017-09-25 22:00
Iraq: Kurdish citizens vote today in an independence referendum ...

128 Members of Oscar Academy Voice Support for Kurdistan Independence

BAS News - 2017-09-25 19:13
ERBIL— In response to a call by famous Kurdish filmmaker, Bahman Ghobadi, 128 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voice their support for the independence of the Kurdistan Region. Ghobadi has been emailing the members of the Academ ...

Kirkuk: High Turnout of Arab Population During Kurdistan’s Independence Vote

BAS News - 2017-09-25 16:58
KIRKUK — As the Kurdistan Region is running its independence vote to secede from Iraq, the number of Arabs in Kirkuk province going to the polls is said to be “very high”. Sakar Kerkuki, an observer at one of the polls in Kirkuk, told BasNews that 3,873 ...

Turkey says it won't accept Kurdish independence vote

Washington Times - 2017-09-23 14:28
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won't refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim again called on Iraqi Kurdi ...

4 key points about the Kurdistan independence vote

KurdPress - 2017-09-22 11:40
Last June, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq set September 25 as the date for a referendum on Kurdish independence. At the time, the decision received almost no notice. Now, with September 25 less than a week away, the Iraqi governm ...