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Shiite leader warns of civil war if referendum proceeds

By Rudaw 14/9/2017
Hadi al-Amiri, the secretary general of the Shiite Badr Organization. Photo: AP/file
Hadi al-Amiri, the secretary general of the Shiite Badr Organization. Photo: AP/file
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. 


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Muraz Adzhoev | 14/9/2017
The civil and sectarian war has been going on in deadly failed Iraq, but not in Kurdistan Region and that is why the People of Southern Kurdistan has decided to become sovereignly independent from bloody, hostile and catastrophically collapsed Iraqi federation. If Baghdad, Tehran, Ankara, Damascus want war against independent Southern Kurdistan, then they should be prepared to reintegration and establishment of Greater Kurdistan. That's not the threat, that's the reality to be very seriously taken first of all by Iran and Turkey apparently. Southern Kurdistan is already there and is the key factor of peace, security and stability in the Middle East Region.
Adam | 14/9/2017
This is a clear threat to kurdish people and should be responded by stronger threat to them if they think it will be easy for them to attract the kurds then its not long what they saw in Syria the kurds done to isis, your 3 army divisions with latest American sofisticated weapons ran away from few isis terorists like chickens. If you dare try it.
Kurdo | 14/9/2017
Unbelievable that this monkey dares to threaten our people, just look at him. I hope Kurdistan will go ahead with the referendum even if God him self would be against it! Bijî Kurd û Kurdistan!
Adel Amini | 14/9/2017
There will be a civil war if Baghdad wants, so be it, and the Kurds will not be the losers. But there shouldn't be any if Baghdad has self respect.
Enjoy your desert and camels | 14/9/2017
Ha! Arabs know that the only "good" thing about crappy Iraq is South Kurdistan! Thats why they so desperatly try to cling on to us, and now when they know an independent South Kuridstan is near they try to threaten us like this miserable looking chimpanzee! Biji Kurd u Kurdistan!!
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