by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/08/17, 08:38 am
Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish population will hold an independence referendum on Sept. 25, Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani announced Wednesday. Hamin Hawrami, the senior presidential adviser, said the decision came after a meeting with top Kurdish political parties in the region’s capital, Erbil. Voting is set to take place in the three northern Kurdish governorates and also in the disputed oil-rich Kirkuk region. The Kurds took control of parts of the region in 2014 amid the fight against Islamic State.