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Independence vote puts Iraqi Kurds at odds with neighbors and allies, including the U.S.

Independence vote puts Iraqi Kurds at odds with neighbors and allies, including the U.S.

For the jubilant, flag-waving throngs who filled rallies across Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish enclave in recent weeks, a vote on independence Monday represents a chance to realize a dream cherished for generations.

But every major player in the region opposes the referendum, placing the Kurds on a collision course with neighbors and allies, including the United States, which warns that it could ignite conflict with the central government in Baghdad and unleash ethnic fighting in a part of the world still roiled by the battle against Islamic State.

Kurdish forces played a pivotal role in the campaign to reclaim Mosul, the largest city to fall to the extremist group also known...

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