Massoud Barzani, speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Salah al-Din resort, in Irbil, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Barzani said Sunday, that the controversial vote on independence will go ahead as planned and that while the vote will be the first step in a long process to negotiate independence, the region’s “partnership” with the Iraqi central government in Baghdad is over. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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Key Players Stake Claims As Kurdish Referendum Roils The Mideast

The Kurdish referendum seeking independence from Iraq has created more uncertainty in the turbulent Mideast with Israel appearing to see value in the new chaos.