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BREAKING: Iraqi Prime Minister prepared to use the military if Kurdish independence referendum turns violent

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September 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he’s prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence, the Associated Press reported.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Al-Abadi says if the Iraqi population is “threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily.”

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Al-Abadi called the vote “a dangerous escalation” that will invite violations of Iraq’s sovereignty.

On September 25, the autonomous Kurdish region plans to hold a referendum for independence from Iraq.

Baghdad has made it clear that it will not recognize the unconstitutional referendum.

Earlier today Fort Russ News reported that the United States believes the upcoming referendum “is distracting from efforts to defeat ISIS and stabilize the liberated areas” and that “holding the referendum in disputed areas is particularly provocative and destabilizing.”

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