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Iraq prepared to use force if Kurdish referendum leads to violence

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he is prepared to use military force if the Kurdish region's planned referendum results in violence (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he is prepared to use military force if the Kurdish region's planned referendum results in violence (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region's planned independence referendum results in violence.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Mr Al-Abadi said that if the Iraqi population is "threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily".

He called the vote "a dangerous escalation" that will invite violations of Iraq's sovereignty.

Iraq's Kurdish region plans to hold the referendum on support for independence from Iraq on September 25 in three governorates that make up their autonomous region, and in disputed areas controlled by Kurdish forces but claimed by Baghdad.

Iraq's Kurds have come under increasing pressure to call off the vote from regional powers and the United States, a key ally.

Press Association

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