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Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Irbil on Sept. 25, 2017, following a referendum on independence. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)
Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Irbil on Sept. 25, 2017, following a referendum on independence. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the Kurdistan Regional Government of treachery for going ahead with Monday's independence referendum. Iraq responded by calling for troops to be sent to the border with Turkey.

The U.S., which relies on Kurdish fighters in the war against ISIS, also expressed displeasure with the vote being held. Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with NPR's Jane Arraf (@janearraf) in Irbil.

This segment aired on September 26, 2017.

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