A Kurdish protester throughs stone during a rally against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi authorities have extended through February an international flight ban slapped on the autonomous Kurdish region in response to a controversial independence vote, an airport official said Thursday.Baghdad severed Iraqi Kurdistan's air links to the outside world in late September after it voted overwhelmingly for independence in a nonbinding referendum rejected as illegal by the central government. The Kurds, who had taken control of Kirkuk and other disputed areas when Daesh swept into Iraq three years ago, exported oil through their own pipeline to Turkey.
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