Erdogan warns of 'ethnic war' risk over Iraqi Kurdish independence vote

Barzani and Kurdish Regional Government will be known for dragging region into ethnic and sectarian war, says Erdogan

Afp September 26, 2017
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: AFP

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdish leader against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying such a move risked sparking an "ethnic war" in the region.

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"If (Massud) Barzani and the Kurdish Regional Government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war," Erdogan said in a televised speech.


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