Kurdistan votes for independence from Iraq with 93% saying ‘yes’

Kurdistan has voted overwhelmingly to secede from Iraq, in a historic referendum which brings it one step closer to a century-old dream of statehood but risks fuelling a new regional conflict.

The referendum passed with 92.73 percent support and turnout of more than 72 percent of the 3.3 million registered to vote.

Hendrin Mohammed, the head of the Kurdish region’s election commission, declared that out of the 3 million valid ballots, 2.9 million were for independence and 224,464 were against. The rest were spoiled or disregarded.

  • marty_p

    Watch how fast Turkey/Iraq/Syria attack the Kurds should they declare independence.
    I hope Israel thinks carefully before acting, should the Kurds appeal to Israel for assistance when they are attacked.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      The Kurds are tougher than their occupiers. If Israel sends them some advanced hardware, they should prevail.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    The Iraqi government, and most of their population are greedy, shallow, self-serving bastards, that will always hate the west because we are the infidel, so whatever they WANT I’m inclined to support the opposite.
    The Kurds deserve a homeland and it should be ripped out of Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Turkey’s hide to make it happen.
    Screw them all!

  • ntt1

    it would be nice to have turdeau front the pack and congratulate the kurds but that can’t happen due to his overall cowardice in the face of quebecois separatism..
    the kurds have built a strong army that is battle hardened, iranian and turkish kurds will stream into support this historical moment and it is there support the established powers fear. it could very well spread like contagion to all nominal kurdistan which is three times bigger.

    • Brett McS

      The Kurds have several (I think actually seven) different ‘flavours’ and not all are like, nor like, the Iraqi Kurds.

  • Brett McS

    Spengler weighs in, “Washington’s Despicable Hypocrisy towards the Kurds”:


  • UCSPanther

    Good. The Middle East needs a shake up and the old Sykes-Picot nations need to fade into history.

  • Norman_In_New_York