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

Secession movements come not in ones but twos, it seems. In the space of a week, two regions in which national groups have chafed at central government diktat have voted overwhelmingly for independence. In both cases, these protest votes are having ...and more »

After the Kurdish Independence Referendum - Foreign Affairs

In the face of enormous opposition, on Monday Iraqi Kurdistan went ahead with a referendum on independence. Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States were among the major international powers that urged the Kurdistan Regional Government ...and more »

How the US Can Quell the Kurdish Crisis - Bloomberg

More than 90 percent of Iraq's Kurds voted to declare independence last week, bringing tensions to an even higher boil across the Middle East. The regional governments that opposed the referendum -- Turkey, Iran and the Iraqi government in Baghdad ...and more »

Iran sends tanks to border with Iraq's Kurdish region, Kurdish official says - Reuters

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iran deployed a dozen tanks supported by artillery at its border with Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Monday, a Kurdish official said, adding that the move was a dangerous escalation in the crisis triggered by Iraqi ...and more »

Why the Kurdish referendum is none of Turkey's business - Washington Post

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was angry last week with the neighboring Iraqi Kurds for holding a referendum on independence. “Once we put our sanctions in place, you'll be out in the cold,” he said, addressing Turkey's neighbors to the south.and more »

Netanyahu scoffs at Erdogan's claim that Mossad behind Kurdish referendum - The Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu also said that Israel had “no involvement in the Kurdish referendum except for supporting their aspirations.” By Herb Keinon. October 1, 2017 16:41. 2 minute read. > IN PICTURES: Kurds are flying Israeli flags at independence rallies · >.and more »

NY screening of Kurdish fighter film sold out despite terror threat - The Jerusalem Post

Despite a reported terror threat by the Islamic State terror group, 500 people attended a sold-out screening in New York of a film about Kurdish fighters and a talk with its director, the French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy. Police provided ...and more »

How Baghdad is punishing the Kurds post-referendum - The Jerusalem Post

In the wake of the Kurdistan independence referendum, Iraq's central government took the unusual step of closing two international airports in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq Friday, Iraqi troops have been sent to Turkey and Iran for military ...and more »

Jalal Talabani obituary - The Guardian

As president of Iraq from 2005 to 2014, Jalal Talabani, who has died aged 83, was the first non-Arab to lead the nation in modern times. He was a prominent figure in Kurdish politics, and his election as head of state marked a milestone for a people ...and more »

US does not recognize Kurdish independence vote in Iraq: Tillerson - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States does not recognize the independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan and urges an end to “threats of reciprocal actions,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement on Friday. Kurdish people protest ...and more »