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Kurdistan referendum destabilizing region: Analyst

Posters encouraging people to vote in the upcoming independence referendum for the Kurdistan region are seen on a bullet-riddled wall in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk on September 24, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The referendum in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region is “causing huge insecurity and instability” not only in Iraq but also in the region, says a commentator.

“This referendum is highly destabilizing, ... it is at the moment actually pushing tensions, which are already high, to boiling point,” Zayd al-Isa said.

The Kurdistan region has defied demands from Iraq, Iran and other players about the consequences of the referendum, which has happened before Baghdad could uproot the menace of Daesh Takfiri terrorists, the Iraqi affairs expert said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is sparking an “ethnic war” in the region. Iran’s Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani has also expressed regret that the plebiscite had been held even as the Daesh campaign had yet to be fully taken care of in Iraq.

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