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Iran launches military drill with Iraqi Shiite militia on KRG border

By Rudaw 2/10/2017
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -  A joint military drill between Iranian and Iraqi forces has started on the Iran-KRG borders, temporarily closing two major border gates with the Kurdish Region.
“The Parviz Khan gate has temporarily closed this morning due to a military exercise being launched on the border areas,” Aram Saya Khan, an official from the border-crossing gate told Rudaw, adding they were informed in an earlier meeting this morning with Iranian authorities. 
Khan added the closure only affected trade movement, not passengers on either side of the border.   

He explained that this was not the first time a military drill was being launched on the Parviz Khan border-area.

Rudaw’s Halo Mohammed at the Parviz-Khan border reported that Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Iraq’s Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi are involved in the military exercise.  


Mohammed added the Bashmakh border-crossing was also closed due to the military drill.
Saed Masud Jazayeri, deputy head of the Iranian armed forces, said that Iranian commanders held a meeting Saturday morning to discuss helping Iraq impose its control over their border areas with the Kurdistan Region.
Iraq’s defense ministry stated Friday that it was coordinating with neighboring countries to implement Iraq’s “constitutional authority” over land and air borders, hours after a government ban on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region came into force. 

The United States cautioned against unilateral use of force by Iraq or its neighbors. 
Iraqi officials speaking to AP said they will take control of Kurdistan Region’s international frontiers by setting up border control points just outside Kurdish-controlled areas in Iran and Turkey. The Iraqi military will not move through the Kurdistan Region, AP reported.


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Hoshyar Zaxoy | 2/10/2017
So Iran has the right to send terror to Kurdistan but complains when Kurdish freedom fighters do their national obligations in Rojhalat?
duroi | 2/10/2017
KRG pishmerga army should approach NATO to ink a partnership and make that partnership as a condition for continuing the fight against ISIS and other sponsors of terrorism in the region. NATO had a responsibly to give a warning to its member Turkey about any military operations with Iran a global sponsor of terrorism. NATO has several partnership with other non member countries and Kurdistan like Tajikistan (in central Asia) can apply to join the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) after the independence.
hate turkey | 2/10/2017
We better not turn our back on the Kurds. Iran, Turkey and Iraq r only terrorist. Save the Kurds NATO
AMIN | 2/10/2017
They (Iran,Turkey and Iraq) are nothing but bullies. The reason behind all this is their lack of confidence in their own legitimacy... It is time for the middle east to have a role model as a country; Kurdistan.
Gold Roger | 2/10/2017
Let me get this right... so Iraq is telling you kurds that ''Kurds are their brothers and part of Iraq'' meanwhile asking for military help from neighbors like Iran and Turkey to destroy their own people? I don't understand how you kurds have survived that long with these kind of unhuman beast for centuries.

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