Israel endorses an independent Kurdish state

Posted September 15, 2017

He therefore said that the Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi did not have the right to send his name to the parliament to table a vote of confidence.

A parliamentary majority in Baghdad voted in opposition to the September 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) prompting Kurdish lawmakers to walk out of the session, which was attended by 204 of parliament's 328 members.

The Iraqi government said that the Kurdish independence referendum vote will adversely affect the fight against the ISIS or Daesh terrorist group, which still maintains a significant presence in northern Iraq.

Turkey, which has a large Kurdish population and is battling Kurdish insurgents, has forged close ties to Iraq's autonomous region but opposes an independent Kurdish state.

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Turkey urges the Iraqi Kurdistan regional government to abandon the referendum that could result in tensions in the region.

During a press conference in Erbil, Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS), said he met with the leadership in Kurdistan to discuss other options for the independence vote.

Karim said the US Envoy encouraged him to keep calm after the today's vote to remove him.

Zebari said on Thursday that the vote would still be held in Kirkuk.

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"The president of the Kurdistan region has made it clear that the referendum will be held", including in the disputed territories.

Suhail gave no details about what Kareem accused of.

Iraq's parliament on Tuesday voted down the plan in a session that prompted a walkout by Kurdish lawmakers. He explained that the law for the Iraqi provincial election passed in 2008 stipulated that Kirkuk, unlike the rest of the Iraqi provinces, would not come under the authority of the office of the Iraqi Prime Minister.

"This is unlawful. I have the support of the government council, I have the support of the people, we are here and we will continue", he said.

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