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Iraq could use force if Kurdish referendum leads to violence

 

BAGHDAD - Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Saturday.

 

If the Iraqi population is "threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily," he said.

 

Iraq's Kurdish region plans to hold the referendum on support for independence from Iraq on Sept. 25 in three governorates that make up
their autonomous region, and in disputed areas controlled by Kurdish forces but which are claimed by Baghdad.

 

"If you challenge the constitution and if you challenge the borders of Iraq and the borders of the region, this is a public invitation to the countries in the region to violate Iraqi borders as well, which is a very dangerous escalation," al-Abadi said.

 


פרסום ראשון: 09.16.17, 20:08