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Iraq: Kirkuk clashes hammer home risks of Barzani’s referendum

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani gambled that the benefits of a local popularity boost and legitimisation of sovereignty claims would outweigh the opprobrium of Baghdad and regional powers with his 25 September referendum on independence for the Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI), including disputed territories led by oil-rich, ethnically diverse Kirkuk

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