Abadi Says Iraq Could Use Force If Kurdistan Referendum Results In Violence

Abadi Says Iraq Could Use Force If Kurdistan Referendum Results In Violence

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he’s prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdistan independence referendum scheduled for September 25 results in violence.

Abadi said in an interview with Associated Press on Saturday (September 16) that if the Iraqi population is “threatened by the use of force outside law, then we will intervene militarily.”

Iraqi Premier called the referendum a “dangerous escalation” that will invite violations to Iraq’s sovereignty.

Kurds are set to hold the referendum on September 25 but Baghdad opposes it, with lawmakers voting to reject it. Iraq's neighbors, Turkey, Iran and Syria, also oppose the referendum, fearing it could fan separatism among their own ethnic Kurdish populations.

The Iraqi Parliament on Tuesday (September 12) voted to reject the referendum on the independence of Kurdistan.

The United States and Western nations fear the referendum could lead to conflicts with Baghdad and neighboring Turkey and Iran, which host sizeable Kurdish populations, diverting attention from the fight against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria.