Independence vote comes to haunt Barzani
Iraqi Kurdistan’s ill-advised independence referendum has claimed its first victim: Veteran politician and president of Kurdistan Regional Government Masoud Barzani will not extend his term beyond November 1. It is clear that regional and international powers are in no mood to tolerate the breakup of nation-states. Time and again, in different parts of the world, it has become clear that international sentiment is firmly against secession. It is difficult to believe the Kurdish officials did not realise this.