Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani says Kurds voted "yes" to independence in a referendum conducted in defiance of the government in Baghdad and which has angered their neighbors and their US allies.
President of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has told parliament he will not seek an extension after his term expires on November 1. The announcement came amid an escalating row with Baghdad over Kurdish independence.
Turkish forces will target Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria and possibly Iraq, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The threat comes as military and rebel allies captured the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin.
Iraqi authorities have said they will end a six-month air blockade imposed on Iraqi Kurdistan in response to the region's independence vote, which was not recognized by Baghdad. Flights could resume within a week.
The Kurds have advanced to a position in which they may determine the future of the Middle East. But they are riven by historic rivalries and blocked by regional powers.
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