Iraq: Iraqis speak out ahead of Kurdish independence referendum

Cameraman (Arabic): «Do you support military intervention after the province's independence?» Ali Abdulzahra, Journalist (Arabic): «: «If you mean by Iraqi army, then it unlikely will happen especially after the referendum immediately.» Iraqis gave their thoughts on the upcomming Kurdish referendum gaining independence, in Baghdad, on Sunday. A «Zionist project» of division and «a hit man... Еще for Israel» were among some of the views listed by interviewees, who expressed dismay for Iraqi Kurdish President Masoud Barzani at the holding of the independence referendum. While Ali Abdulzahra, recognises the legitimacy of the referendum but argues that the independence should be voted on by all of Iraq «because this decision is fateful and all Iraqis should participate.» The Kurdish independence movement has gathered momentum after government-backed Iraqi forces withdrew from areas controlled by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), leaving largely Kurdish forces to regain, and expand, Kurdish-ruled territory in northern Iraq. The referendum on Kurdish independence is set to take place on September 25, despite opposition from Baghdad and neighbouring countries, Turkey and Iran.

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