Iraqi leader threatens to ‘intervene militarily’ if Kurdish independence referendum turns violent

Haider al-Abadi, the Iraqi prime minister, has said he is prepared to use military force if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence.

Mr Abadi made the remarks in an interview with the Associated Press, saying he would resort to force if necessary to “protect our population”.

“If they are threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily,” he said.

He repeated his call for the Kurdish authorities to cancel the referendum, saying they were “playing with fire” and risked inviting other countries to violate Iraqi borders and its constitution.

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  • In a clash between Iraqi government forces and Peshmerga, my money is on the Peshmerga being the one still standing at the end of the day,

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Abadi is making a big mistake if he resorts to force against the Kurds.

    • xavier

      Nas par got course in monumental stupidity. Deep down It’s the Iranians who are pulling the strings. The Kurds will thwart the mullahs dream of a new Persian empire

      • ntt1

        Iranian kurdistan holds most of the mullahs oil.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        Especially with Israel as an ally. Between them, they have the toughest military chicks.

  • ntt1

    Kurdish Iraq is only about 1/3rd of ethnic Kurdistan, the the majority of its territory is in north east turkey and norther Iran The rise of a strong nationalistic Kurdistan is no doubt giving local leaders many a sleepless night. The turks have been at war with their Kurds for decades