In Iraq, the head of the Kurdish autonomous region said Thursday he expects a new Kurdish state to emerge after an historic election on independence scheduled for September. Masoud Barzani was speaking with Reuters.
Masoud Barzani: "I don’t think anybody can stand against the big wave of the people of Kurdistan when they decide their destiny. Maybe there will be some attempts to foil it. We will try our best not to allow that to happen."
The September 26 plebiscite could increase tensions in Turkey, Syria and Iran, countries with sizable Kurdish populations who fear an independent Kurdish state.