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Kurdish referendum a ‘colossal mistake’, says son of late president Talabani

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In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Bafel Talabani – the son of late Iraqi president and Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani – blasted the decision of the Kurdish leadership to go ahead with a referendum on independence, calling it a “colossal mistake”. He said a US proposal to postpone the referendum by two years should have been accepted and would have avoided the current situation, in which Iraqi federal forces have taken back control of areas controlled by Kurds since 2014.
Bafel Talabani strongly denied accusations presented in some Kurdish media that he had betrayed Kurdish leaders by allowing Iraqi government troops and their Shiite militia allies to seize the oil-rich city of Kirkuk. He rejected as “baseless” claims that this was part of a deal he had brokered with Baghdad and Tehran, arguing that his forces had indeed fought and lost soldiers but decided to withdraw because of too many losses among the ranks of Peshmergas.
The son of the late president said that Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, had offered a deal to avoid skirmishes in Kirkuk but that it had been rejected by the Kurdish leadership. He added that he was concerned about fighting between different Kurdish factions and expressed the hope that they would eventually reconcile and coordinate to work toward a future independence.
Bafel Talabani called for the Kurdish people as a whole to negociate with Bagdad and to re-engage the international community.
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Comments

  • Every body know Taliban was Iran regim dependent , Not a real Kurd. Ofcours his son dose not like Kuristan as a country too.

    maryam bab October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • HAR BIJI 1 KURDISTAN

    Chiko 2017 October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Kurdish people will never forgive you . You will be hanged by gallows in the middle of Sulaymaniyah

    Rafael Jotiar October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • I know your fathers history and your grandfather from your mothers side about their treason in Kurdistan. But the young generation did not know that. And now the young generation know that

    Rafael Jotiar October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • باوکت خاین و خۆفرۆش بوو. به‌هه‌زاران که‌سی شۆڕشگێری کوردتان کوشت، عبدالرحمان قاسملۆ ئێوه‌ کوشتتان. میلله‌تی کورد تۆڵه‌تان لێده‌ستێنێ، خاینان شه‌رمه‌زاروو مل که‌چن قوڕ به‌سه‌ری گه‌وره‌و بچوکیان تازه‌ بۆ کوێ ده‌رده‌چن.

    Rafael Jotiar October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Your father killed Dr: Qassemlou

    Rafael Jotiar October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • The decision to leave Kirkuk was fair. It wasn't made on the grounds of pride and honour which would have resulted in thousands if civilian and Kurdish casualties, but wisdom and the consideration of the lives of Kirkuk residents and peshmerga. I fully back befels decision, however I do not back his alliance with Irani government

    The Punisher October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Look at all the Barzani cocksuckers commenting lol

    greaseman8503 October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Kurds must learn to love their neighbors not outsiders.

    SRKN October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • You know his lying as he seems so nervous and so fidgety shame on you when you sold us Kurds out.

    Hakar Doski October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • You traitor. DOG

    Ninty 94 October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • It was very sad. The kurds were raped and running like little puppies in Kirkuk.

    Daniel Vahtera October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • The guy makes a complete sense, there would be no Kurdish independence in a war with Baghdad.

    Lie Ren October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • WARNING! If haven't noticed already, the comment section is the epitome of cancer!

    Lie Ren October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • A TRAITOR TO THE KURDISH PEOPLE! WHAT A SHAME!

    pireBabel October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Really shame on you for doing this betrayal with Kurds!!

    Mahmood Rekani October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • disgusting traitor

    amin hatem October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • lies

    Lord Harez II October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • P.s. Gizè Daykata

    Sherzad Abdulaziz October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Traitor sold out

    beast boy October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • he talks about kirkuk like it's not important for them you should apologize to all kurds especially kirkuk cuz we are in a bad situation bavil betrayal 😔.He sold kirkuk for money ,shame on you

    Avan zankana October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Your father was a traitor. Your grandfather from your mothers side as well. You are not a Kurdish. Your name will remain as a traitor in eternity. The Kurdish people will never forgive you. You are a junkie. Every kurd know that.

    Rafael Jotiar October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Cahş lave cahş. Sere keçal te nîm

    Muhammed Işık October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Come on just look at him do you really believe this puppet y do you have a kurdish flag behind you now

    Aginyou 1 October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • If barzani didnt hide the big heavy weapons and supported the puk fighters rather then leaving them to die (barzani wanted to kill lahur army) but lucky they realised it was a loosing battle u cant fight rockets with bullets

    Hunar Mustafa October 21, 2017 5:19 am
  • Xayine binomis.Te ixanetik mazin kir.

    Abdullah Ekinci October 21, 2017 5:19 am
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