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Kurdish independence vote: Politically shrewd or major miscalculation?

Tensions are building in Iraq in the lead up to a September 25 Kurdish independence referendum. The government in Baghdad has already said that it will not recognize the results of the vote, and on Thursday, Reuters reported that the Iraqi parliament voted to dismiss the governor of Kirkuk.

Najmaddin Kareem is the governor of Kirkuk, an oil-rich province that will be participating in the upcoming Kurdish referendum that would formalize the region’s independence (if recognized by Baghdad and the international community). He said the vote to remove him from office was “unlawful” and that he planned to stay in office. …

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