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Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote


ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict. | Video


'We have the tap': Turkey's Erdogan threatens oil flow from Iraq's Kurdish area 1:28am BST

HABUR, Turkey Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to cut off the pipeline that carries oil from northern Iraq to the outside world, intensifying pressure on the Kurdish autonomous region over its independence referendum.

Iraq hangs 42 Sunni militants convicted of terrorism 25 Sep 2017

BAGHDAD Iraq on Sunday executed 42 Sunni Muslim militants convicted on terrorism charges ranging from killing members of security forces to detonating car bombs.


Netanyahu muzzles Israeli officials on Kurdish referendum 25 Sep 2017

JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Israeli government comment on Monday's Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq, two officials said, after his Sept. 13 endorsement of Kurdish statehood irked Turkey.


Damascus rejects Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum 25 Sep 2017

BEIRUT The Syrian government rejects the independence referendum organised by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, Syria's foreign minister has said.


China says supports Iraq's unity as Kurds vote in referendum 25 Sep 2017

BEIJING China supports Iraq's unity, the country's foreign ministry said on Monday, as voting started in an independence referendum organised by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, ignoring the threats of the Kurds' neighbours.


Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad' - Barzani 24 Sep 2017

ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging off international opposition to the vote.


Iraqi government asks foreign countries to stop oil trade with Kurdistan 24 Sep 2017

BAGHDAD Iraq on Sunday urged foreign countries to stop importing crude directly from its autonomous Kurdistan region and to restrict oil trading to the central government.


Iran halts flights to Iraq's Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote 24 Sep 2017

DUBAI/ISTANBUL/ERBIL, Iraq Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq on Sunday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hold a referendum on independence. It also started wargames at the Kurdish border.


Kurdish city gassed by Saddam hopes referendum heralds better days 24 Sep 2017

HALABJA, Iraq When poison gas killed thousands of Kurds in Halabja in 1988, its residents never imagined they would ever escape Saddam Hussein's grip, let alone vote one day in a referendum on secession from Iraq.