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Who are the Kurds? -

Iraqi Kurds last month backed independence from Baghdad in a controversial referendum that has heightened regional tensions. Indigenous to a mountain region in the northern Middle East, the Kurds are the largest stateless nation in the world. The ...and more »

As Kurdish Borders Close, War of Words Heats Up - New York Times

ERBIL, Iraq — The president of Iraq's Kurdish region warned on Friday that the Kurds might be forced to retaliate if the central government persists with what his spokesman called a “very aggressive” stance toward the pro-independence referendum.and more »

Baghdad threatens to send troops to Kirkuk after Kurdish referendum - The Jerusalem Post

DIBIS, Iraq – The parched hills outside Kirkuk are one of the last front lines against Islamic State in Iraq. Here, Kurdish Peshmerga checked the extremist advance in 2014 and, with the aid of coalition air support, pushed ISIS back to the gates of the ...and more »

After the Vote, Does the Kurdish Dream of Independence Have a Chance? - New York Times

ERBIL, Iraq — After a century of yearning, the Kurds of Iraq have managed, at last, to pull off a vote for independence, but not without antagonizing nearly everyone in perhaps the world's most volatile region. The question now is whether an arid ...and more »

Boursa Kuwait promoted to an 'emerging market' - Kuwait Times

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti economists foresee significant growth of traded liquidity at Boursa Kuwait after its promotion to the level of an emerging market, thus boosting the prospects for a much healthier status of the national economy. Classifying Boursa ...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 »

The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum - The Guardian

The Kurds' hunger for self-rule must not be denied by dark forces imposing their will on the region. Sat 30 Sep 2017 19.05 EDT Last modified on Fri 1 Dec 2017 21.39 EST. Share on Facebook · Share on Twitter · Share via Email. Masoud Barzani, president ...and more »

Iraq imposes flight ban on Kurdish region after poll -

A ban on international flights into Iraq's Kurdish region has gone into effect after the central government in Baghdad retaliated against a vote for secession that has also drawn opposition from neighbouring countries. Iraq's Kurds overwhelmingly ...and more »

Kurdish referendum: UN offers to help resolve Iraqi Kurds' independence crisis - The Independent

The United Nations has offered to help “solve the problem” between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over a Kurdish independence referendum held on Monday, the Iraqi foreign ministry has said. Almost 93 per cent of Iraqi ...and more »

A Self-Determination Façade: The Kurdish Referendum - Cato Institute (blog)

On September 25, 2017, Iraqi Kurds voted in favor of independence from Iraq in a historic referendum. Out of the 3.3 million Kurds and non-Kurds who voted, 92% voted in favor of independence, which is not surprising. The international community's ...and more »