Planned Kurdish Referendum on Independence Unsettles Iraqis, U.S.

Ibrahim Mahmood has been waiting to return to his hometown of Zummar in Iraq’s Kurdistan region since Kurdish militias kicked him out three years ago, early in the battle against Islamic State.

But a referendum on Kurdistan’s independence—planned for next month and certain to pass—will likely dash the hopes for return Mr. Mahmood shares with thousands of other Arabs displaced from the semiautonomous northern region during the latest war. American and Iraqi officials say they are worried the vote, hailed by Kurds as an…

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