Iraq: Kurdish flags production sky rockets ahead of independence vote

Kurdish flags production enjoyed a strong pace of growth at the Salar sewing factory in the city of Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan, as the region gears up for a non-binding independence referendum on September 25th. The factory has been working day and night for two months to deliver the Kurdish tricolors in time for the referendum day. «Now that the Kurdish referendum is happening, we have so... Еще many orders,» the factory's owner Salar Mohammed Sharif, explained, adding, «we are working day and night to catch up.» The independence movement 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, their territory in northern Iraq. Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey have expressed their rejection of the upcoming vote.

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