Baghdad piles pressure on Iraqi Kurds to reverse overwhelming independence vote

Baghdad piles pressure on Iraqi Kurds to reverse overwhelming independence voteBy Ahmed Rasheed and Raya Jalabi BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Baghdad heaped pressure on Iraq’s Kurds on Wednesday, demanding they cancel their overwhelming vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. Stepping up efforts to isolate autonomous Kurdish-held northern Iraq, whose people endorsed secession in a referendum on Monday that angered neighboring countries, Baghdad demanded that foreign governments close their diplomatic missions in the Kurdish capital Erbil. Final results released on Wednesday showed nearly 93 percent in favor of independence, and 7.3 percent against.



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