July 4, 2014
Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for independence referendum (RYAN LUCAS AND BRAM JANSSEN July 4, 2014, Times of Israel)
A Western-established no-fly zone in 1991 helped the Kurds set up their enclave, which has emerged over the years as a beacon of stability and prosperity, while much of the rest of the country has been mired in violence and political turmoil. The three-province territory was formally recognized as an autonomous region within Iraq following the US-led invasion in 2003 that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.Speaking to the regional legislature Thursday, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massoud Barzani, told lawmakers to set up an electoral commission to "hurry up" and prepare for "a referendum on self-determination."
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 4, 2014 9:38 AM
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