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An Iraqi Kurdish man puts a sticker on a number plate reading in Kurdish "Kurdistan-Arbil" ahead of the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 7, 2017. (AFP)
An Iraqi Kurdish man puts a sticker on a number plate reading in Kurdish "Kurdistan-Arbil" ahead of the upcoming independence referendum in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on September 7, 2017. (AFP)
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Iraq’s Kurdistan region is planning to hold a referendum for an independent state. The plan has drawn a strong rebuke from Iraq’s neighbors, including Turkey and Iran.

The US has also called on Kurdish authorities to delay the referendum. It’s believed that an independent Kurdistan risks sparking more unrest and instability in a region that’s already mired in a number of long-standing crises. But what do major media outlets think about the decision?