Dangerous gambit

Print edition : October 27, 2017

Kurds celebrate in support of the independence referendum in Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan on September 26. Photo: ARI JALAL/REUTERS

At the Arbil airport on September 28. All international flights to and from Arbil were suspended from September 29 as Iraq increased pressure on Kurds over the independence referendum. Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP

At a polling station in Kirkuk on September 25. Photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP

Peshmergas take part in a gathering to urge people to vote in the referendum in Arbil. Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP

Iraqi Kurds hold and win a referendum for an independent state defying strong warnings from neighbouring countries and the central government in Iraq. The U.S., a close ally of the Kurds of northern Iraq, was against the timing of the referendum.
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