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Are Russia and the US giving a green light to an independent Kurdish state?

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Immediately after his return from the United States, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a key security meeting and then chaired the cabinet in order to announce Turkey’s counter-measures against the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) bid to vote for independence on Sept. 25.

Before these meetings, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım once again called on KRG President Massoud Barzani to cancel the referendum in order to avoid more tension in the already unstable Middle East. He also repeated that Ankara considers breaking up the territorial integrity of Iraq a matter of national security and will therefore use all of its rights to stop it.

Turkey’s efforts to stop the referendum have intensified over the past week and had two major legs: First, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) launched a military drill along the Iraqi border and issued a strong message to Barzani, hinting that insisting on the referendum would have a military response.

Second, President Erdoğan........

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