Kurdistan referendum inflames territorial disputes

In the northern Iraqi town of Mandali, controversy over Kurdistan's planned independence vote unleashed unruly protests and rogue paramilitaries.
Kurdistan referendum inflames territorial disputes
Demonstrators take to the streets in Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, on Sept. 14, 2017, to protest Kurdistan's impending referendum on independence. (ADAM AL-ATBI/Iraq Oil Report)

KHANAQIN - Kurdistan's independence referendum campaign is aggravating volatile rivalries in ethnically mixed territory throughout northern Iraq.

In the most explosive episode so far, members of the paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq lashed out at the town council in Mandali, in Diyala province, after it voted to participate in the referendum.

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