Members of the Kurdish peshmerga stand guard at a checkpoint at Tuz Khurmato village in Salahuddin Province June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah
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Officials in Israel and Turkey Monday backed away from previous enthusiasm over the prospect of an independent Kurdish state as a jihadist-led insurgency and political turbulence roil Iraq.Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman described Iraqi Kurdish independence as a fait accompli but said his country was taking no action to help the Kurds achieve formal statehood. Netanyahu's remarks drew no response from the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq, which has seized on the country's sectarian chaos to expand into oil-rich new territory but remains wary of declaring full independence.Separately, Turkish officials said Ankara opposes independence for a Kurdish state in northern Iraq and wants a unity government in Baghdad to counter the threat by Islamist Sunni rebels.Turkey has good relations with the semiautonomous Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq but would not support moves to push for independence from Baghdad, a Turkish government official said.
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