Celebrations following Kurdistan independence referendum

On the day of the Kurdistan independence referendum, I spoke to Haseeb in Erbil, Iraq at a celebration following the voting. He explains why he thinks Iraqi Kurdistan should be independent amidst all the festivities near the citadel:


MMA comes to Iraq on eve of Kurdistan independence referendum

“This is a new thing in Erbil. It’s not just war here. There are good things too,” said Mohammed Ali, from Basra, at the first ever MMA event in Iraq and the Kurdistan region. The fight took place just days before the Kurdistan independence referendum, and featured fighters from Erbil, elsewhere in Iraq, and Lebanon. My latest for Al-Monitor: