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"Kurdexit" - Kurdish Statehood Referendum
Sep 11th, 2017 at 11:54am
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Is the World Ready for “Kurdexit”? Referendum Among Iraqi Kurds Has Middle East on Edge

...Throughout the summer Iraqi Kurds prepared for a referendum on independence that will be held on Sept. 25. For the better part of a century, Iraq’s Kurds have been trying to undo what the League of Nations did under British pressure in 1925 when it attached the former Ottoman province of Mosul to Iraq [see it's all Limey's fault]. Their incorporation into Iraq has been an unhappy experience for the Kurds, to say the least...

In addition to the mutual frustrations and recriminations is the very fact that there is finally popular support among Iraq’s Kurds to go their own way. Young Kurds, in particular, know nothing about their fellow Iraqis, and have little in common with them. Their national myths are Kurdish myths, not Iraqi legends. In January 2005, something called the Kurdistan Referendum Movement conducted an informal referendum on independence at the same time that Iraqis were voting in the first post-Saddam parliamentary elections. A mere 98.8 percent of the Kurds who took part voted in favor. That exercise was informal, though. The referendum in a few weeks is far more consequential for the stability and unity of Iraq...

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Re: "Kurdexit" - Kurdish Statehood Referendum
Reply #1 - Sep 11th, 2017 at 12:00pm
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I doubt the Turks are ready.

I would think support for Kurdistan, within the region, would roughly line up with each nations position vis-a-vis Turkey.

If they want to stick it to Turkey, they will support Kurdistan.

  


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Frank1 wrote on Sep 11th, 2017 at 12:00pm:
I doubt the Turks are ready.

I would think support for Kurdistan, within the region, would roughly line up with each nations position vis-a-vis Turkey.

If they want to stick it to Turkey, they will support Kurdistan.



It's not that simple. Turkey has carried out a number of joint military training operations with the Iraqi Kurds (until the Iraqi government said to stop). This suggests that a united Kurdistan isn't as likely as it seems. It also suggests that Turkey may have something to gain from a separation vote, even if the Iraqi separation results in more unrest in Turkey.
  
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Re: "Kurdexit" - Kurdish Statehood Referendum
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Possibly Logical wrote on Sep 11th, 2017 at 12:45pm:
It's not that simple. Turkey has carried out a number of joint military training operations with the Iraqi Kurds (until the Iraqi government said to stop). This suggests that a united Kurdistan isn't as likely as it seems. It also suggests that Turkey may have something to gain from a separation vote, even if the Iraqi separation results in more unrest in Turkey.


Ok, I really don't know a whole lot of the details.  Basically I just know the Turks have 'Kurd problems.'
  


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Frank1 wrote on Sep 11th, 2017 at 12:46pm:
Ok, I really don't know a whole lot of the details.  Basically I just know the Turks have 'Kurd problems.'


It's complicated. There are three groups of Kurds (Iraqi, Syrian, Turkish). If I remember correctly, the Iraqi Kurds don't get along with one of other two groups.

Turkey and Iran are on surprisingly good terms given that they are both regional powers and that they backed opposite sides of the Syrian conflict.

Assad isn't particularly keen on losing parts of Syria to the Syrian Kurds.

Turkey and Iraq don't really see eye to eye.

There are a lot of moving parts. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
  
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Re: "Kurdexit" - Kurdish Statehood Referendum
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Frank1 wrote on Sep 11th, 2017 at 12:46pm:
Ok, I really don't know a whole lot of the details.  Basically I just know the Turks have 'Kurd problems.'



It's equally accurate to say that the Kurds have "Turk problems".



  

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Netanyahu says Israel endorses independence for Kurds

Israel’s leader on Wednesday said his country supports Kurdish independence ahead of a key referendum on the matter.

In an announcement early Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Israel considers the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a terrorist organization. But the statement said Israel “supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own"...

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Re: "Kurdexit" - Kurdish Statehood Referendum
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Iraqi Kurdish Parliament Backs Independence Referendum

Lawmakers in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region have approved a plan to stage an independence referendum that is opposed by Baghdad and neighboring countries and has raised Western concerns that the vote could stoke fresh tensions in the region.

Jaafar Aimenky, the region's vice president who chaired the September 15 session, announced that the nonbinding referendum would go forward after an overwhelming number of regional lawmakers voted in favor...

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