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Increasing unrest in these areas in recent days has led to worries that the likely "yes" result could lead to Arab-Kurdish violence.Iran has previously described the independence referendum as "untimely and wrong", and reiterated its support for Iraq's territorial integrity and the "democratic process".A Kurdish Islamic Party statement read, “Referendum and independence are an inalienable and natural right.” Kirkuk Gov.
It’s a dream come true for millions on the road to self-determination that was denied Kurds a hundred years ago when the victors of the First World War decided to carve up the Middle East into new states.
Kirkuk is one of the “disputed” areas between the official Kurdish region and Baghdad.
In the recent war with ISIS, Kurds defended Kirkuk and today it is firmly in the hands of the KRG.
Iran has closed its border with the Kurdish region of Iraq at the request of Baghdad, a statement from the Iranian foreign ministry has said.
Land crossings into Iran were shut to Iraqi Kurdistan on Monday, as Iraq's 8.4 million Kurds lined up at polling stations to vote in a referendum on creating an independent state.
Saddam Hussein, who launched the genocidal Anfal campaign against Kurds in the 1980s, also threatened to “burn” Israel with chemical weapons.