Independence vote for Iraqi Kurds

Kurds in northern Iraq voted in large numbers in a referendum on independence on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, Turkey, Iran and the international community. What is the result likely to be? The vote, organised by the Kurdish authorities, is expected to deliver a comfortable "yes" for independence, but is not binding. However, analysts say it is designed to give Masoud Barzani, who heads the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a mandate to negotiate the secession of the...

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