Iraq rejects Kurds’ offer to suspend independence drive as it launches new push for territory

An offer by Kurdistan’s leaders to “freeze” their plans for independence have been rejected outright by Iraq’s prime minister, who ordered his forces to push yet further into territory held by the Kurds.

Iraq’s central government “will accept only the cancelling of the referendum,” Haider al-Abadi said in a statement on Thursday, warning he would protect the unity of Iraq with “high precision.”

Appearing to reject the olive branch, Iraqi troops launched an offensive against Kurdish fighters near the border with Turkey and Syria.

  • simus1

    Not to worry.
    Once the “fighting bribes” fail to arrive things will get very quiet. Hopefully then erdogan’s turkmen and the iraq shia side can negotiate a settlement regarding who really owns the Kurdish oilfields.

  • ontario john

    Meanwhile little Justin has abandoned the Kurds. The media is reporting that imam Turdeau has suspended training operations by Canadian Forces in Iraq.

    • He has abandoned a lot of people.

      • mobuyus

        Those he has not abandoned he has sold out to islamic mercies.

  • k2

    Assholes were so tough when ISIS got going, running as fast as their dirtied pants would allow and leaving tanks and weapon stockpiles behind. Now when they think they have the Kurds at a disadvantage … I hope they get what’s coming to them.

  • This won’t end well.

    • felis gracilis

      I’m afraid that may be an understatement.

      • The Kurds have done more for the Yazidis than Trudeau has done.

        Trudeau is just carrying on with policy by withdrawing aid.

  • Nermal

    Jews, Christians, Yazidis, Kurds.