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Kurdistan

Iraqi military coordinating with Turkey, Iran to control KRG borders

By Rudaw 29/9/2017
Iraq’s Joint Command published a batch of photos of Iraqi soldiers stationed in Turkey, saying that they are “fully ready.” Photo: Iraq Joint Command
Iraq’s Joint Command published a batch of photos of Iraqi soldiers stationed in Turkey, saying that they are “fully ready.” Photo: Iraq Joint Command
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq’s defense ministry is coordinating with neighbouring countries to implement Iraq’s “constitutional authority” over land and air borders, hours after government’s ban on international flights to and from the Kurdistan Region came into force. 
 
The United States has cautioned against unilateral use of force by Iraq or its neighbors in the wake of Kurdistan’s independence vote. 
 
Iraq’s Joint Command published a batch of photos of Iraqi soldiers stationed in Turkey, saying that they are “fully ready.”
 
Iraqi officials speaking to AP anonymously 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.
 
Earlier in the day, the defense ministry said they did not deploy forces to the border areas between the Kurdistan Region and its neighbours, but hinted that there is a plan in place “when the time is due.”
 
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while saying that they do not recognize the results of the Kurdistan referendum, cautioned the Iraqi government and its neighbours against the use of force.
 
“We call upon the central government to reject threats or even allusion to possible use of force. The United States asks all parties, including Iraq’s neighbors, to reject unilateral actions and the use of force,” Tillerson said in a statement released Friday.
 
Iraqi and Turkish armies have already conducted joint military drills near Khabur border crossing between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey. On Wednesday, Iraq’s top military chief travelled to Iran to meet with his Iranian counterpart to discuss enhancing military cooperation.
 
The foreign ministers of Iraq, Turkey, and Iran stated before the vote that they will take “coordinated measures” against the Kurdistan Region over the referendum.
 
The defense ministry said that their plans to impose the authority of the central government over land and air borders “are going as has been planned in coordination with concerned parties and neighbouring countries and there is no delay in the procedures.”
 
Iraq has called on the Kurdistan government to cancel the outcome of the vote, despite over 92 percent of the people voting to leave Iraq.

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FAuthman | 29/9/2017
Iraq can station anyone and as many soldiers they would like they like in Turkey and Iran and it wont make any difference as long as Turkey keeps that pipeline from the KRG to Ceyhan open and under KRG control. So let us look at some facts: Turkey has advanced $1.5b in loans to the KRG, out of a total of $4.7b loans advanced to the KRG by Turkey and others to be paid back from future oil sales in pre-financing deals of which Russia's share is the largest approaching $2.8b. These creditors need the oil to flow to collect their money back from the KRG. Turkey has also a 50 year agreement with the KRG for energy exports from Kurdistan. Its trade with Kurdistan which ranks its 3rd highest after Germany and UK grew by 20% last year. KRG oil exports through Turkey thanks to Rosneft will increase to 1mpd by end of this year. So Russia would certainly press on Erdogan to keep the oil flowing. Securing the pipeline which goes through Kurdish territory from sabotage would be very difficult if Turkey would allow Baghdad to control the valve and pumping station at Fishkhabor. Furthermore Kurds themselves if pushed can stop the flow of oil to Turkey at the source and use the oil they produce for local consumption only, thus depriving Turkey from substantial revenue. It is all about the Kurds' pipeline to Turkey, and whether Turkey will shut it down and turn it over to Iraqi control after and due to the referendum. I say: He will not do that. The noise from Erdogan is partially to support Abadi and help him win another term as PM. US wants Abadi reelected and would probably tolerate some of the bellicose rhetoric from Erdogan. . These are only some of the economic arguments why Turkey/Erbil good relations will continue. Erdogan 's trade minister said trade withe the KRG will not be inerruoted Ryan crocker said relations between Ankara and Arbil are "good" The political and strategic importance to the West of keeping the KRG strong are numerous. This kind of reasoning is compelling not Turkish tanks running around on the KRG border and Baghdad statements that cant be confirmed by Erdogan actions not just words!
pre-Boomer Marine brat | 30/9/2017
The al-Maliki government’s “constitutional authority” ultimately devolved from Paul Bremer's anus, which makes it illegitimate.
sarwer | 30/9/2017
All the facist actions Abadi taken it it is anorher Anfal, Geanoside against Kurdistan he is even much worth than Sadam, Abadi will and facist government will let them down, Kurds never been Iraqi or tutks or persian simple is that
FriendsFromTheUSA | 30/9/2017
The US stands with you Kurdistan. We are proud of you. We won't let you down, not this time.
Free Kurdistan | 30/9/2017
The foreign ministers of Iraq, Turkey, and Iran stated before the vote that they will take “coordinated measures” against the Kurdistan Region over the referendum. So what is new?! We know that they have coordinated a war against the Kurdish people for hundreds of years. Like always, we will show them that the fight has only begun and we will be victorious for it is our rights that have been taken away from us!

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