US Special Envoy: Kurdish Referendum Could Undermine Fight Against IS

Iraqi parliament removes Kirkuk’s governor from office

Parliament, at Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's request, fired the governor of the northern province, Najm Eddine Karim, in a unanimous vote by 173 MPs present in the house.

President Barzani also said he met with a delegation from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the head of the United Nations in Iraq to discuss the independence referendum. "That is the only body that can remove him".

The controversial referendum on Kurdish regional independence slated for September 25 will see residents of northern Iraq's Kurdish region vote on whether or not to declare independence from the Iraqi state.

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This was announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the background of a referendum in Iraq about Kurdish independence, which the authorities in Baghdad oppose, Reuters reported.

He did not disclose details of the plan, but said the discussion with the Kurdish leaders was "positive and constructive".

The U.S. does not support the referendum, arguing it will destabilize Iraq and harm the ongoing fight against IS. The Kurds, making up about 20 percent of the Iraqi population, have been seeking self-governance for decades.

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Like Spain's, the central government of Iraq is determined to prevent an independence vote for its largest majority. But it is only in Iraq where they have achieved a recognised autonomy.

Ownership of Kirkuk has always been disputed between Iraq and the Kurdish authorities.

Although Israel has official relations with just three Middle Eastern countries - Turkey, Jordan and Egypt - it has long had warm relations with Iraq's Kurds, who are Sunni Muslim, making the official endorsement ahead of the September 25 vote gives the measure added weight.

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