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Iraq Threatens To Cut Off Kurdish Region's Airports After Independence Vote

Iraq's Kurdish region has overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence. Now the Iraqi government says it will block international flights to and from the region's airports in retaliation.
Travelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport in Iraq on Wednesday. / Bram Janssen / Shutterstock.com

Iraq's government says it will block international flights from the region's airports, a retaliatory move after the country's Kurdish region overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence.

More than 92 percent voted to separate from Iraq, according to results . The referendum results are nonbinding and must be certified by a court, NPR's

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