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Kurdistan

Iraq, Iran to conduct joint military exercise on KRG-Iran border

By Rudaw 30/9/2017
Iraq’s Joint Command published a batch of photos on September 29, 2017 of Iraqi soldiers stationed in Turkey, saying that they are “fully ready.” Photo: Iraq's joint of Command
Iraq’s Joint Command published a batch of photos on September 29, 2017 of Iraqi soldiers stationed in Turkey, saying that they are “fully ready.” Photo: Iraq's joint of Command
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iranian and Iraqi forces are to launch a joint military exercise on Iran's borders with the Kurdistan Region in the coming days, a senior Iranian security official told his country's state TV.

This comes as Iraq stated on Friday that they will hold military operation on Kurdistan’s borders in coordinations with neighbouring countries, Iran, and Turkey “when the time is due.”

Saed Masud Jazayiri, deputy head of the Iranian armed forces, said that Iranian commanders held a meeting Saturday morning during which they discussed helping Iraq in imposing its control over their border areas with the Kurdistan Region.

He said that the meeting was headed by Iran’s top military chief Major General Mohammad Bagheri, adding that the Iraqi authorities requested Iran’s cooperation in this regard.

Jazzayiri said that the exercise is a show of force by both militaries on the entire borders areas between the Kurdistan Region and Iran.

He  said it comes in line with the Iranian position that demands the protection of Iraq’s unity and territorial integrity, in light of the Kurdish independence referendum that saw a 92 percent vote for independence.

Iraq’s defense ministry stated Friday that it was 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 cautioned against unilateral use of force by Iraq or its neighbors. 
 
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 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.
 
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, while showing his opposition to the Kurdish vote, 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.

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.

Since the foundation of the Kurdistan government 25 years ago, the Region has never been a threat to its neighbours, Barzani said before the vote. 
 
Barzani, who is also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, said at the time that the Peshmerga “will not allow Kurdistan to fall to the enemy.”
 
He directed the Peshmerga to be prepared to “pay whatever cost” necessary to protect Kurdistan.

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DevonC | 30/9/2017
This is nothing but efforts to try and intimidate the Kurds. They are deliberately escalating tensions to try and push Kurdistan to attack. All along this has been the agenda of Iraq and Iran, since before the referendum. Their whole rhetoric and actions point to this. They don't WANT peace in the region. They are the real backers of ISIS and other terror groups, with the same caveman mentality. A peaceful and united Middle East is not in their favor. On their own they know they cannot hope to beat the Kurds if they unite, so they try to drag Turkey and others into it. Iran brings missiles to the Kurdistan border?! And the USA, UK and Europe just look on. They don't care about the blood the Kurds have shed and will most likely continue shedding, in keeping the region safe and peaceful. Shame on the West. Shame. Shame. Shame.
Meeran | 30/9/2017
Iraq just needs to leave us alone so we can have our country, after the actions Baghdad imposed against us, we will never remain in Iraq after this.
Amanj | 30/9/2017
Kurdistan is happy with the votes over %92 so now this is people right to be separated as they aren't arab or turkish or irainian... proudly kurdish.
Max | 30/9/2017
How would a Kurdistan be a functioning country without oil revenues that exist outside of Kurdistan? You wanna take Kerkuk with you as part of the new Kurdistan, but kerkuk was never Kurdish. Just because you participated with the Iraqi army to liberate it from ISIL, doesn’t mean you own it now. Now, if you were to be given just duhok, erbil, and Sulaymaniyah you still won’t settle and you will engage in violence until you obtain kerkuk... oh and I heard that you’re also interested in some parts of Dieyala province. Sorry, but this will never happen, and if you decide to engage violently you’ll lose. Best way forward is to join other Iraqi people to form a United Iraq who by the way has respected you and supported you financially until you decided to do this unilateral vote.
Easy | 1/10/2017
"Iraqi officials ssaid 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.." Loooooooool that's Iranian and Turkish territory!

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