Iranian general says Kurdish independence referendum ‘a US plot’

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Kurds celebrating Newroz festivals in Duhok province, of Iraqi Kurdistan, waving Kurdish and American flags. File photo

ARA News

Iranian Brigadier General Naqdi, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) deputy commander, said that the Kurdistan independence referendum is a new plot by the United States.

Naqdi’s statement came during a visit to the Kurdish town of Paveh in western Iran.

“The Americans have come up with a new scheme to cause a rift among Muslims and kill more people in the region as Takfiri terrorists are suffering heavy defeats in Iraq and Syria and nearing their end,” he said, according to the Tasnim News Agency.

General Naqdi warned that “arrogant powers” should know if they cause further bloodshed in the Muslim world, it would yield no results other than creating a stronger army of Islam against them.

Calling on Washington to learn from its “past mistakes”, the IRGC commander stressed that “the days of Americans and Israelis are numbered.”

The Iraqi Kurds are planning to hold an independence referendum on September 25.

The United States, on contrary to Iran’s views, has opposed the referendum just like Iran, and called on the Kurds to postpone it.

In the meantime, the US-led coalition said the referendum is not undermining operations against ISIS.

“We are continuing to work with the Peshmerga in the same way that we have in the past,” coalition spokesperson Colonel Ryan Dillon said on Wednesday.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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