As Kurdistan casts independence vote, threats loom

The KRG oil sector is in the crosshairs of Iraq's Parliament and Turkey's president, who are seeking to stop the momentum of Kurdish secession after Monday's referendum.
As Kurdistan casts independence vote, threats loom
Voters in Kirkuk hold up ink-stained fingers that show they voted in Kurdistan's independence referendum on Sept. 25, 2017. (KAMARAN AL-NAJAR/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL/KIRKUK/KALAR - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held its non-binding referendum on independence Monday, inaugurating a new period of uncertainty as Baghdad, Ankara, and Tehran decide what actions to take to deter Kurdish separatism.

The voting itself was largely peaceful, despite widespread fears that the referendum would provoke fighting in ethnically mixed, Kurdish-controlled territory whose official status is disputed with the federal government. Minor incidents of violence were reported.

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