An Iraqi Kurdish woman attends a campaign rally to support the referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region, on September 20, 2017 in Sulaimaniya. AFP / SHWAN MOHAMMED
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to impose sanctions against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence vote, piling economic pressure on Kurdish authorities after Turkish troops deployed near the main commercial border crossing.Turkey, home to the largest Kurdish population in the region, has warned that any breakup of neighboring Iraq or Syria could lead to a global conflict, and is due to prepare a formal response Friday, three days before the referendum.Iraqi Kurdish authorities have defied growing international pressure to call off the vote, which Iraq's neighbors fear will fuel unrest among their own Kurdish populations.Saudi Arabia Wednesday urged Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani to call off the referendum to avoid further "crises" in Iraq and the region.
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