On September 25, 2017, the Iraqi Kurdish population will go to the polls for a referendum towards their independence from Iraq. The picture above - taken by Shama - is of a pro-independence rally headlined by Masoud Barjani, the President of Iraqi Kurdistan. Some say that Barjani asked for the referendum to consolidate his own power rather than to consider the full meaning of this vote not only for the Iraqi Kurds, but for the Kurds in Iran, Syria and Turkey. Nonetheless, the referendum is on the table.
Last week, I talked to my contacts in the Turkish military, one of whom