Kurdistan pushes for independence referendum

KRG leaders are trying to overcome internal divisions, long-standing disputes with Baghdad, and wary regional powers, as they plan for a non-binding referendum later this year.
Kurdistan pushes for independence referendum
Iraqi Kurdish football fans holding a Kurdistan flag bearing a slogan as an Iraqi national flag flies during the AFC Cup final football match between Erbil club and Kuwait SC in the Erbil on Nov. 3, 2012. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

The quest for independence has been a perennial feature of political rhetoric in Kurdistan, but now leaders are taking significant new steps in pursuit of that aspiration. The Kurdistan region's top political parties have agreed to hold a non-binding referendum on independence, while also launching parallel efforts to secure foreign support and to plan for the logistics of statehood. "We've made it crystal clear that holding a referendum is a legitimate right of our nation, and we will p...

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