More than 90 percent of Iraq's Kurds voted to declare independence last week, bringing tensions to an even higher boil across the Middle East. The regional governments that opposed the referendum – Turkey, Iran and the Iraqi government in Baghdad – are intent on punishing the Kurds, already beginning economic measures and even threatening a military response.
O'Sullivan, Meghan. "How the U.S. Can Quell the Kurdish Crisis." Bloomberg View, October 4, 2017.