Last week, he said his militiamen would regard the Kurdish peshmerga an "occupation force" in the event the Kurds formally annex the oil-rich province and city of Kirkuk.
"The United States has repeatedly emphasized to the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government that the referendum is distracting from efforts to defeat ISIS and stabilize the liberated areas", President Donald Trump's White House said, in a statement. But since the end of the US -led first Gulf War in 1991, they have gained a high degree of autonomy. We have earned our right to national self-determination. But for the United States, timing is everything. Some Turkish officials fear an independent Kurdish state could cause similar demands for independence in Turkey.
Hoshyar Zebari, a Barzani ally and former foreign minister of Iraq, said the poll "supports the desire of the Kurdish people to decide their future" and that postponing it would be "political suicide". Rather, it would be the first concrete step in the Kurdish movement toward declaring independence.
On Tuesday, he gave Baghdad three days to come up with an alternative plan that was guaranteed by "the worldwide community, the U.S. and Europe". "There is no plan B in case of failed negotiations". One key US ally - Israel - supports Kurdish independence in Iraq. However, al-Abadi said such negotiations would likely be complicated by the referendum vote.
Some parts of the disputed areas have been under the control of KRG forces ever since they defeated Daesh in the military operations that started a year ago in October. At best, they will acquiesce and use the specter of the referendum (or the mandate it yields) to revive stalled talks between Arbil and Baghdad.
Two other Kurds and one Turkmen security guard were also wounded in the clash that broke out when a Kurdish convoy celebrating the referendum, carrying Kurdish flags, drove by the Turkmen party office, security sources said.
Asked by The Brussels Times if worldwide election observers will attend the referendum, he replied that they would be welcome.
On Friday, the Kurdish Parliament unanimously ratified the referendum amid pro-independence rallies across the region.
However, he conceded the government does not have reliable figures for shipments from the country's Kurdish region, which reportedly accounts for around a 10th of the nation's total production. Though independence remains the proclaimed goal of Iraqi Kurdistan, Mr. Barzani himself has often signalled compromise.
Iraqi Kurdistan has enjoyed regional autonomy since the 1990s, a status bolstered in the 2005 Constitution that defined Iraq as a federal state.
Kurdistan is looking to boost its own energy infrastructure to ease any reliance on the central government in Baghdad.
Washington argues that the vote will weaken Arab-Kurdish joint military operations that have helped to send IS militants into retreat in both Iraq and war-torn Syria.
At the peace conference 1920 in San Remo the map was redrawn again. In Iraq, where they make up an estimated 15% to 20% of the population of 37 million.