Iran has once again reduced the flow of water reaching Kurdistan through the Little Zab River. This perennial problem occurred as recently as July of this year. However, farmers say that this time the latest reduction began the day after the Kurdish independence referendum and believe it is punishment for voting for independence.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that ties with the government in Kurdistan have not been cut. However, he also warned that talks would only happen after the results of the referendum are tossed. He also threatened Kurdish leaders if they attempt to travel through Iraqi airports. Currently, no one may use Kurdish airports to leave the country.
Several Kurdish lawmakers are boycotting the Iraqi Parliament over “illegal and unconstitutional measures” enacted against Kurdistan after the referendum.
At least 32 people were killed and nine were wounded:
Two people were killed and six were wounded, including children, in a pair of grenade attacks near Hit. All victims belonged to the same family and were related to tribal fighters. The attacks occurred in Saridiya and Kassara.
A bomb in Hur Ragab left a tribal fighter dead and three wounded.
At least five more militants were killed in a clash in Hawa or Tal al-Hawa. Eleven deaths were reported on Monday.
Seventeen militants were killed in strikes near Qaim.
Near Makhmour, eight militants were killed.
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