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Illegitimate KRG poll referred to lands in N Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria

Editor / Internet Yeni Şafak

The question posed to the people in the illegal referendum in northern Iraq has become a contentious topic. The question posed on ballot papers in an illegitimate referendum held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) made it clear that the occupiers acting on behalf of Israel were also looking into the territories of countries other than Iraq, such as Turkey, Iran and Syria.

On Sept. 25, voters were asked "Do you want the Kurdish region and Kurdish areas outside the region's administration to become an independent state?"

It is evident that the question is referring to an extremely vast regional area in a very vague manner. The question refers not only to the KRG borders allocated in the 2005 Iraq constitution, but also also to Turkey, Iran and Syria.

THE INTENTION IS TO DIVIDE

The open-ended formulated question of the illegitimate referendum, is initially aimed at including Turkmen and Arab-dominated cities such as Kirkuk and Tuz Khormatu in an occupation that expands extends past the KRG region.

The referendum was used as a tool to divide the region and Iraq’s neighboring countries.

At the first opportunity, regions under the control of the U.S.-backed PKK/YPG terrorist organization will be included in the illegal referendum, enabling the division of Syria. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. An attack on Turkey’s and Iran’s territorial integrity is also being anticipated.

During the illegitimate referendum, banners depicting a "Kurdistan map" that included Turkish territory as part of the KRG garnered attention.

Baghdad has taken a number of punitive measures against Erbil following the poll, including a move to close all foreign diplomatic missions in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region and calling on all foreign airlines to suspend flights into the Kurdish region by Friday.

The referendum saw Iraqis in Kurdish Regional Government-controlled areas -- and in a handful of territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, including ethnically mixed Kirkuk and Mosul -- vote on whether to declare independence. The vote was widely criticized by the international community.

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