"The Department of State has awarded the construction contract for the new US Consulate General in Erbil, Iraq to B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama," the release said. "The architect for the project is EYP of Albany, New York."
The State Department explained the new Consulate General will include a chancery, Marine Corps residence, housing and support facilities.
Kurdistan Region has announced that it will hold an independence referendum on September 25 to ask its people if they want to remain in Iraq or have their independent state; the decision has been slammed by multiple Western countries, including the United States, which said it regards the independence vote as a distraction from the war against the Islamic State terror group.
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