Baku, Azerbaijan, June 24
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The Kurdish autonomy of Iraq is ready to hold a referendum on independence, the head of the autonomy Masoud Barzani said, Anadolu agency reported on June 24.
Barzani said the crisis in Iraq is continuing and Erbil [the capital of Kurdish autonomy] will hold a referendum on independence to protect the Kurdish population.
Barzani also said the Kurdish administration has always stood for Iraq's integrity, but at the moment everything is different in Iraq.
"The Iraqi army has lost the control over the country, and this is the result of the fact that the Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki has always pursued a unilateral policy with regard to Sunnis and other political forces in the country," Barzani stressed.
He said the Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki has to resign.
On June 10, the militants of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL a.k.a ISIS), supported by the banned Iraqi Ba'ath Party [the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party], seized the administrative center of the Mosul city in the northern Iraqi province of Ninawa, a number of small settlements, as well as part of the Salah al Din Province, including its center - the city of Tikrit.
The ISIL militants took control over the Iraqi town of Tal Afar on June 16.
The city's military airport also came under the control of the ISIL militants on June 22.
Edited by CN