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Kurdish capital Arbil

Iraq suspends flights to Kurd region over independence referendum

BAGHDAD: All foreign flights to and from the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil will be suspended from Friday, officials said, as Baghdad increases pressure on the Kurds over this week's independence referendum. The move by the Iraqi central government marks the first major step taken in retaliation for Monday's vote, which delivered a resounding 92.7 percent "yes". An extended suspension of flights would have significant consequences for the Kurds, who have turned Arbil into a regional transport hub that is home to a large…