Iraq: Iraqi parliament votes to deploy troops to Kirkuk following Kurdish referendum

The Iraqi Council of Representatives gave Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi mandate to deploy troops to the contested city of Kirkuk, in a parliamentary session in Baghdad, on Wednesday, in response to the Kurdish independence referendum held on 25 September. Oil-rich Kirkuk is claimed by both the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) as well as Baghdad, and has long been viewed as a potential... Еще flashpoint of conflict after the city council voted to partake in the referendum on 29 August. Speaking before the parliament, Abadi said, «we have warned before; there would be grave consequences,» adding, «we will not verge from the constitution.» Tensions have been rising in Iraq after the Kurdish north voted for independence on Tuesday, in a move that has been deemed unconstitutional by Baghdad and opposed by neighbours Iran and Turkey. Baghdad has since called on the KRG to hand over control of international airports by Friday.

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