Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': Barzani

Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad': BarzaniBy Maher Chmaytelli and Daren Butler ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Iraq’s Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging off international opposition to the vote. In response, the Iraqi government asked the autonomous Kurdish region to hand over control of its international border posts, its international airports and called on foreign countries to stop importing Kurdish crude oil.



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