Adding to the large international opposition to the vote, the 15-member council says in a unanimous statement that the referendum in northern Iraq is potentially destabilising,
Translator Nima Chitsaz said he decided in the heat of the moment to spare his Persian-speaking viewers from the verbal attacks by the US president. But he was accused by his countrymen of “censoring and distorting” the speech.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes took place in the provinces of Idlib and Hama, where an internationally agreed truce zone is meant to be in place.
Any attempts to open fire from areas where the US-backed militia are located would be quickly shut down, Major-General Igor Konashenkov warns.
Hawija, west of the oil city of Kirkuk, is one of two areas of the country still under the control of the militants.
US, Iran, Turkey and Iraq have warned the Kurdistan Regional Government of serious consequences if it proceeds with Monday's independence referendum.
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