Following Referendum, Baghdad Shuts Down Airports

Published on 28 Sep 2017, 16:49
On Thursday, Iraq's central government increased pressure on authorities in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region after voters overwhelmingly backed independence in a disputed referendum. The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority ordered international flight operators to suspend all flights to and from Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports in Iraqi Kurdistan effective at 6 p.m. Neighboring Iran had already halted operations to and from the two airports prior to Monday's referendum. According to official results announced by the Kurdish electoral commission on Wednesday, over 92% of the roughly 3 million people who voted earlier this week opted for independence.

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