File - In this March 21, 2016, file photo, Syrian Kurd Nazdan, who fled her home in Qamishli, Syria, wears traditional clothes as she dances and waves a Kurdish flag, during a celebration of Nowruz day, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Iraq issued arrest warrants Wednesday for the chairman of its Kurdish region's referendum commission and two aides after a banned Sept. 25 vote that delivered huge support for Kurdish independence.Acting on a request from the National Security Council headed by Iraq's prime minister, a court in east Baghdad issued warrants against the chairman of the vote's organizing commission Hendren Saleh and two other members, Supreme Judicial Council spokesman Abdel-Sattar Bayraqdar told AFP.The angry dispute over the referendum – also rejected by the United States – is the latest twist in the decadeslong movement by Iraq's Kurds to break away from Baghdad.Iraq is pushing Turkey and Iran, which both opposed the ballot over fears of fueling demands from their own sizeable Kurdish communities, to close their border posts with Kurdistan and stop all trade with the region.
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