Prospect of Kur­dish free­dom raises hack­les

The Africa Report - - BRIEFING -

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.

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