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Iraq closes Kurdish airspace as it raises pressure on KRG - Financial Times

Iraq's government on Friday closed airspace in its northern Kurdistan region to international flights as it sought to raise the pressure on the region in the wake of this week's independence referendum that has stirred regional tensions. The referendum ...and more »

The Turn of the Kurds - Project Syndicate

There is not and should not be any automatic right of self-determination, not least because a world of frequent secession would be in even greater disarray than the world we already have. To gain international recognition, secessionist entities should ...and more »

Kurdish referendum triggers retaliation from Iraq, Turkey - CBS News

ERBIL — The Kurdish people face their vote for independence as neighboring states ratchet up their opposition to the move. 93 percent of Kurds voted for independence on Monday in a referendum that the Iraqi national government deemed illegal. Turkey ...and more »

Why Should International Community Support Kurdish Independence? - The Jerusalem Post mobile website (blog)

Following the World War One, Kurdish people and the land of Kurds were divided into four pieces; a piece was attached to Turkey, one to Iran, one to Iraq and one to Syria. Although the Treaty of Sèvres, in 1920 guaranteed a homeland for the Kurdish ...and more »

Macron offers to help Baghdad calm tensions over Kurdish vote - RFI

The Elysee announced in a Friday statement that President Emmanuel Macron invited Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to visit Paris on 5 October to discuss the Kurdish independence referendum. However, the next day Abadi's office denied the ...and more »

The Who, Where, and When of Secession - Project Syndicate

National self-determination, the principle that US President Woodrow Wilson put on the international agenda in 1918, is generally defined as the right of a people to form its own state. The independence referendums in Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia are ...and more »

What next for Kurdistan? - The Economist

CALLING a referendum on Kurdish independence in Iraq was the easy part. The difficulty after the vote on September 25th concerns the route ahead. The vote took place in the three provinces that make up Iraqi Kurdistan, and in the contiguous Iraqi ...and more »

Airlines Scrap Kurdistan Flights on Backlash to Referendum - Bloomberg

Major airlines including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Qatar Airways terminated services to Kurdistan as Iraq moves to sever outside ties with the autonomous region following Monday's independence vote. International flights were to be suspended at 6 p.m. ...and more »

Iraqi Kurdish referendum 'illegitimate,' Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says - CNN

Erbil, Iraq (CNN) The United States does not recognize the independence referendum held this week in Iraqi Kurdistan, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday. "The vote and the results lack legitimacy and we continue to support a united ...and more »

Not Everyone in Kurdistan Is Cheering Kurdish Independence - Foreign Policy (blog)

KIRKUK, Iraq — As the last polling stations closed on Monday evening, crowds of cheering Kurds thronged the Boulaq neighborhood in Kirkuk. Families waved Kurdish flags from car windows and young men clapped and danced in the street. Kurdish Asayish ...and more »