Prospect of Kurdish freedom raises hackles
The oil-rich and semi-autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan is set to hold an independence referendum on 25 September. The Kurds will be asked a single question: Do you want an independent Kurdistan? But regional powers Iraq, Turkey and Iran, as well as the EU, would say no if they were able to vote. The Kurds, however, have some arguments of their own – including the fact that Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were instrumental in the recent ousting of Islamic State rebels from Mosul.