Reflections

A Vote of Contention in Iraqi Kurdistan

Sep 26, 2017 | 21:14 GMT
The flag of the Kurdistan Regional Government hangs in a street in Arbil just a few days before the independence referendum.

As soon as the first results of the recent independence referendum trickled in from Iraqi Kurdistan's provinces, the call for full autonomy came in loud and clear.

(CHRIS MCGRATH/Getty Images)

The historic independence referendum will reverberate throughout the country and the Middle East, ushering in negotiations over greater autonomy for the Kurds and another period of conflict in Iraq. But whether it achieves its stated objective is another story....

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