Arabic | Kurdish



Shiite leader warns of civil war if referendum proceeds

2017/09/14 | 15:55

(Iraq Now News)- ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - An influential Shiite leader warned that if the Kurdistan Region insists on holding the independence referendum, war will possibly be ignited.

To prevent such an end, “dialogue” has to be the only option.“We have to all ramp up our efforts to prevent the referendum and independence from happening,” Hadi al-Amiri, the secretary general of the Badr Organization, an influential military wing within the multi-party Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary.“We must never reach the point of civil war,” he urged, adding that if that happens, “civil war cannot be stopped by anyone and at the same time all the involved parties will be losers.

There will be no winner.”He added “civil war” ignites when “complicated matters become out of control.”“Unfortunately, when the civil war breaks out, blood will be shed,” he warned.“The last solution to resolve this problem with the Kurdistan Region is only dialogue and this kind of solution cannot be deterred.

This problem must only be resolved in a peaceful way,” Amiri added, speaking in Najaf.In a wide-ranging interview with Rudaw earlier this month, Amiri criticized the Kurdistan Region’s upcoming independence referendum while praising the past “joint struggle” between Kurds and Shiite when fighting the former Baathist regime. As the referendum date of September 25 nears, tensions have risen and the majority within Baghdad and the regional and international communities oppose the vote. 

Note: The post (Shiite leader warns of civil war if referendum proceeds) appeared first on (Rudaw) and do not necessarily reflect the position of IraqNow.news.
You can read the original text from the source (Rudaw).










Trending Now


⋙ Do Iraq's political blocs really want to expel foreign troops?

⋙ KRG PM Barzani, US VP Pence discuss security in Iraq’s disputed areas

⋙ Kirkuk prepared for 2020 provincial elections: Hetawi

⋙ Migrants evacuated as Tripoli fighters tell Haftar 'we are coming'

⋙ German court acquits activist for using flag of Syrian Kurdish party

Videos - Photos

⋙ On Video: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Blindfolded, Handcuffed Teenager

⋙ New Generation MP in Iraqi Kurdistan accuses leader of nude video blackmail

⋙ Hijabi Woman Drops Spectacular Photo-Bomb on Unsuspecting Anti-Islam Protestors


ISIS News

⋙ On Video: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Blindfolded, Handcuffed Teenager

⋙ New Generation MP in Iraqi Kurdistan accuses leader of nude video blackmail

⋙ Yezidi spiritual council will welcome children of ISIS rape victims

⋙ ISIS in Iraq down but not out: report

⋙ Peshmerga support, anti-ISIS campaign top talks with PM Barzani, US diplomat

⋙ ISIS has plans to retake Palmyra from Syrian Army

⋙ Trump: Obama founded ISIS!