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    Turkey escalated its opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up of its neighbors could lead to global conflict.Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said in Ankara next Monday's vote posed a major risk and Turkey would take "every step" needed to thwart any similar steps in its mainly Kurdish southeast.
    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. Western allies say it could detract from the fight against Islamic State.
    "A change that will mean the violation of Iraq's territorial integrity poses a major risk for Turkey," Canikli said. "The disruption of Syria and Iraq's territorial integrity will ignite a bigger, global conflict with an unseen end."
    Kurds in north Syria, like those in Iraq, have capitalized on the turmoil in both countries to consolidate a degree of autonomy. Washington has supported Syrian Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State, despite Turkish protests.
    Turkish troops dug in on the southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons toward Kurdish-run northern Iraq.
    Tanks and rocket launchers mounted on armored vehicles faced the Iraqi frontier, about 2 km (one mile) away. Mechanical diggers tore up agricultural fields for the army to set up positions in the flat, dry farmlands.
    The military drill, launched without warning on Monday, is due to last until Sept. 26, Turkish military sources said, a day after the planned referendum.

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    Makes one wonder if Turkey knew this, why were they helping NATO support the destruction of the govt in Damascus. This is what gave the Kurds the chance they needed to steal land in both countries.

    I believe after the Islamic state is defeated, the next fight should be against the Turds. They have to go, I don't care where they go to or what happens to them if they refuse to go. But any group that allied themselves with the US/Israeli/Saudi/NATO groups has lost all their privileges of calling that area home and this is especially true if they were a nomadic tribe welcome in by the host country
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