Kurds vote for independence from Iraq

Iraq’s ethnic Kurds voted an emphatic “yes” in a pivotal independence referendum for their autonomous region in the north, canada goose outlet store uk officials said, sending shockwaves across https://www.estrategias.de the region.

The Kurds, who have ruled over the area in Northern Iraq since the 2003 US invasion, held the referendum in defiance of Baghdad, which canadian goose jacket considered it illegal.

The Iraqi Kurdish leadership billed Monday canada canada goose outlet goose outlet online uk vote as an exercise in self determination, but the Iraqi government strongly opposed Canada Goose Online any redrawing of its borders.

Kurdish officials canada goose uk outlet said the referendum passed canada goose outlet jackets easily, but the official count isn’t expected before Wednesday.

The United States and major European countries strongly opposed the canada goose jacket outlet vote, which they uk canada goose outlet described as destabilizing at canada goose outlet store a time Canada Goose sale when all sides are still fighting against ISIS militants.

Turkey and Iran were also concerned, fearing the move will embolden official canada goose outlet their own Kurdish populations to seek an independent state.

On Tuesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi said the vote was a “historic and strategic mistake by the Kurdish leadership” and demanded they turn over goose outlet canada control over their airports or face a flight ban.

“I will not give canada goose outlet up on the unity of Iraq. That is my national and constitutional duty,” he said, adding that any ban would still allow for humanitarian and other “urgent” flights.

Masoud Barzani, canada goose outlet the Kurdish regional president who spearheaded the referendum, called for “dialogue” with Baghdad.

“Negotiations are the right path to solve the problems not threats or the language of force,” canada goose black friday sale he said.

After the polls closed on Monday night, the skies above Irbil were illuminated by fireworks and families flocked to the center of town to celebrate.

Across the border, thousands of Iranian Kurds held rallies in support.

Iraq’s al Abadi ordered the country’s Kurds to turn control of their region’s airports over to the government by Friday or face a flight ban.

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard canada goose outlet new york city and its regular army canada goose outlet reviews have been uk canada goose running military exercises near the border with Iraq’s Kurdish region in a sign of Tehran displeasure at the Kurdish referendum.

And Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated on Tuesday that his country is considering all canada goose clearance options, ranging from military intervention to economic sanctions, against Iraq’s Canada Goose Jackets Kurdish region.

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