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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 (KRG ...and more »

Iraq – Death of Jalal Talabani (3 October 2017) - France Diplomatie (press release)

France pays tribute to the memory of Jalal Talabani, the historic leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and President of Iraq from 2006 to 2014, who died on October 3. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, as well as ...and more »

Saudi Women Granted New Rights, Kurdistan Under Pressure after Referendum, Egypt Targets Dissidents and Minorities - Lawfare (blog)

Saudi Arabia's notorious restrictions on women's rights will get a bit less onerous. The government announced last Tuesday that, starting in June, it would begin allowing women to drive. The decision will allow more women to participate in the Saudi ...and more »

Iraqi Kurdistan sets up supreme political council for talks with Baghdad - TASS

MOSCOW, October 1. /TASS/. A supreme political council was set up in Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday to establish dialogue with Baghdad and foreign countries following the Kurdistan independence referendum, Sky News Arabia reported. The decision was taken at ...and more »

The geopolitics of Kurdish independence - Middle East Eye

One week after Iraqi Kurds held their independence referendum, the geopolitical blowback has been swift and near unanimous. The United States has called the referendum illegitimate. Iran, Turkey,and Syria have also rejected the move, each taking action ...and more »

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 »

Alan Dershowitz: The case for Kurdish independence - Washington Examiner

More than 90 percent of Iraq's Kurdish population have now voted for independence from Iraq. While the referendum is not binding, it reflects the will of a minority group that has a long history of persecution and statelessness. The independence ...and more »

Iran, Iraq hold exercises near Iraqi Kurdistan - The Times of Israel

Joint military drills come as Islamic Republic halts fuel exports to Kurdish enclave over independence referendum. By Shwan Mohammad and Ammar Karim 2 October 2017, 9:38 pm 2 Edit · Facebook · Twitter · email; Print; 357 shares. Illustrative: Iraqi and ...and more »

Former Iraq president Jalal Talabani dies aged 83 - Irish Times

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish former president of Iraq and its first non-Arab head of state, has died. He was 83. The leader of one of Iraq's main Kurdish factions died in a hospital in Berlin after his health rapidly deteriorated, a relative told the ...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 »