Kurds in Iraq have voted in a non-binding referendum on independence. The vote was held despite pressure from Iraq’s central government and the United Nations, which warned that it could ignite more regional conflicts.
President Emmanuel Macron has called on the Iraqi government to engage in "constructive national dialogue" after his meeting with Iraqi Kurd leaders. Macron vowed to preserve the rights of the Kurdish people.
Iraqi Kurdistan is an autonomous region within Iraq, yet many Kurds are pushing for the creation and recognition of an independent Kurdistan. A recent independence referendum has led to crackdowns by Baghdad.
Baghdad has been fighting Kurdish forces in northern Iraq since a disputed independence referendum on September 25. Operations have been halted after the US incorrectly said both sides had agreed to a ceasefire.
More than a third of the weapons used by "Islamic State" in Iraq and Syria came from European Union states — including Germany, a new report has found. The data shows that deadly arms can often end up in the wrong hands.
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