Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani speaks during a press conference on September 24, 2017 in Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on the eve of a disputed independence referendum.
AFP / SAFIN HAMED
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Barzani made a televised speech after the Iraqi Kurdistan parliament approved his request not to extend his term beyond Nov. 1, after an independence referendum he championed last month backfired and triggered military and economic retaliation against the Kurdish region he has been leading since 2005 ."Nobody stood up with us other than our mountains," he said, speaking with Kurdish and Iraqi flags behind him.He criticised the United States for allowing Abrams tanks supplied to Iraqi forces to fight Daesh (ISIS) militants to be used against the Kurds.
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