On Saturday, September 23, residing outside of Iraq, the Kurds had the opportunity to vote in the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan.
— In spite of threats: preparing for a referendum in Kurdistan. Photos
In the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan, the referendum is scheduled for Monday, September 25.
Despite the growing pressure and strong opposition from neighboring countries and the Iraqi government, the head of Kurdish Autonomous region, Massoud Barzani declared their determination to vote.
The U.S. Embassy in Iraq has cautioned American citizens about the dangers of unrest that might occur in the area of the referendum.
The Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi said that if the referendum will cause unrest, the government will be ready to use force to normalize the situation. Thereafter, the Supreme court of Iraq has imposed a temporary ban on the holding of a referendum on the independence of the Kurdish Autonomous region of Iraq.
Strongly against the referendum, Iran and Turkey. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to impose on the Iraqi Kurdistan sanctions in the event of a referendum.
The members of the UN security Council expressed serious concern about the conduct of a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan.
U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson in a telephone conversation with the head of the Iraqi government said that the US supports the Iraqi authorities in their efforts to preserve the integrity of the state.
The only national leader who spoke in support of the decision of the Kurds to hold a referendum, became Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.