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Turkey must beware the Kurdish quagmire - Arab News

Turkey is among the countries that will be seriously affected by the independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. However, the vote was not a surprise for any farsighted leader, since the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud ...and more »

After Threat of War, Iraq and Kurds Lower the Temperature - New York Times

ERBIL, Iraq — The world could be excused for thinking that another war was about to break out in Iraq. After Iraq's Kurds voted in favor of independence, they took to the streets, waving flags and honking horns, and loudly scoffing at Baghdad's ...and more »

The United States Must Prevent Disaster in Kurdistan - Foreign Policy (blog)

America should calm the waters, begin the search for compromises, and keep the very worst from happening. By John Hannah. | October 2, 2017, 4:06 PM. Supporters wave flags and chant slogans inside the Erbil Stadium while waiting to hear Kurdish ...and more »

Jalal Talabani: 'The Rare Politician Who Could Talk to Anybody' - The Atlantic

Like ​The Atlantic? Subscribe to ​The Atlantic Daily​, our free weekday email newsletter. Jalal Talabani, who dominated Kurdish politics for decades, ascended to the Iraqi presidency in the post-Saddam Hussein era, and yet remained Mam (“uncle”) Jalal ...and more »

Catalans and Kurds have a long battle ahead for true independence - The Conversation AU

People raise hands during a protest as Catalan regional police officers stand guard outside the National Police station in Barcelona. Reuters/Yves Herman. Email · Twitter30; Facebook24; LinkedIn2; WhatsApp · Messenger; Print. Secession movements come ...and more »

How the US Can Quell the Kurdish Crisis - Bloomberg

There is still time to keep Iraq from breaking apart, but Washington cannot wait to be asked to mediate. by. Meghan L. O'Sullivan. @OSullivanMeghan More stories by Meghan L. O'Sullivan. 23. October 4, 2017, 6:00 AM PDT. Have patience. Photographer ...and more »

How did the Kurds get Washington so wrong? - American Enterprise Institute

A week ago, Iraqi Kurdistan had an independence referendum in which Kurds, as expected, voted overwhelmingly for independence, albeit with a bit less enthusiasm than they had a decade ago. Despite Kurdish leaders' citations of principles like freedom ...and more »

Hezbollah says Kurdish vote a step towards wider Mideast partition - Middle East Eye

The powerful Lebanese group Hezbollah said on Saturday that an Iraqi Kurdish independence vote marked a first step towards the partition of the Middle East, warning that this would lead to "internal wars" and must be opposed. Hassan Nasrallah, head of ...and more »

New Kurdish flashpoint as Baghdad eyes Kirkuk's oil - Arab News

A photo taken on September 25, 2017 shows members of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) security forces, affiliated to the Iraqi Interior Ministry, deploying in the streets of the northern city of Kirkuk during the vote on the Kurdish independence on ...and more »

Strengthen the Kurds in Syria - Haaretz

Kurds carry Israeli and Kurdish flags to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Erbil, Iraq September 22, 2017. AZAD LASHKARI/REUTERS. Israel is right to support Kurdish independence. It is also unwise · An ...and more »