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    Big Win Expected in Kurdish Independence Vote

    Will we call it “Kurdistexit”? About 72 percent of Iraqi Kurds headed to the polls yesterday to vote on independence for the northern region — a first step toward Kurdistan seceding from Iraq. While voters are expected to approve breaking away, Baghdad’s not happy: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called the referendum “unconstitutional” and has refused to discuss it, while Iraq and Turkey are planning joint military exercises. But the Kurdistan Regional Government seems unfazed, and Kurds celebrated in the streets last night, even as votes are still being counted.

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