Baghdad says it won’t tolerate ‘2nd Israel’ as 1,000s of Iraqi Kurds hold independence rally

Crowds filled the streets of the Iraqi Kurdistan capital, rallying ahead of an independence vote this month. While some were waving the flag of Israel, which backs the Kurds’ aspirations, Baghdad says it won’t allow the creation of a “second Israel.”

On Saturday, the city of Erbil saw thousands of protesters turning up at a pro-independence rally, ahead of the scheduled September 25 vote. Colorful Kurdish flags hovered over the crowd as participants danced and cheered at a concert in Shanidar Park, with firecrackers briskly lighting up the sky.

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  • BobSykes

    Baghdad’s statement will be supported by Ankara, Teheran, Damascus and Yerevan. The US, of course, opposes it. Another win for Russia.

  • Hard Little Machine

    So after 14 years and a few trillion dollars all they have to show for it is some screaming for another holocaust.

  • Ego

    If there is a people today that deserves having their own country, it is the Kurds who, unlike “Palestinians,” are a real people.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I guess one Israel is too much for these losers to handle. Perhaps one day, the Israel Philharmonic will perform the 1812 Overture in Erbil as a tribute to these stouthearted people.

  • Is Israel the generic term for anything Islamists don’t like?