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Iraqi Kurds campaign for independence

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By Euronews
Iraqi Kurds campaign for independence

<p>Iraqi Kurds took to the streets in celebration early Tuesday morning (Sept. 5) marking the official start of campaigns for the region’s upcoming referendum.</p> <p>Despite calls from Baghdad and the US to postpone the vote, Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region has pressed ahead with plans to hold the independence referendum on September 25.</p> <p>Kirkuk – home to Arabs, Kurds and ethnic Turkmen – is set to be a key focal point : the oil-rich city is claimed by both Baghdad and the Kurdish region.</p> <p>While the vote is non-binding, the Kurdish region’s leadership is determined to capitalise on the territorial gains their forces have made during the fight against the so-called Islamic State group (IS).</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A dangerous game of chicken is being played over the future of Iraq, Jon Alterman and Mara Karlin write: <a href="https://t.co/TF7lZZl1N1">https://t.co/TF7lZZl1N1</a></p>— <span class="caps">CSIS</span> Middle East (@CSISMidEast) <a href="https://twitter.com/CSISMidEast/status/904653014224515072">September 4, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>