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Turkey begins unannounced military drill on Kurdistan borders

By Rudaw 18/9/2017
A picture that shows the Turkish military drill on the border with the Kurdistan Region on September 18, 2017. Photo: Rudaw
A picture that shows the Turkish military drill on the border with the Kurdistan Region on September 18, 2017. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Turkish military has begun a military drill near the Kurdistan Region border, just a week before the Region's historic vote on independence is scheduled to take place.
The military said that the unannounced drill began on Monday, and at the same time “anti-terror operations” also continue in Silopi, near Habur border crossing with the Kurdistan Region.
Turkey has been fighting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) whose headquarters are based inside the Kurdistan Region. The PKK has waged a decades-long armed struggle against the Turkish state calling for greater cultural and national rights for millions of Kurds in Turkey. Ankara considers the group a terrorist organization.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that he will meet with Iraqi Prime Haider al-Abadi in New York on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting.
He said that he believes the two leaders are on the same page as it comes to the protection the territorial integrity of Iraq.
Also today, the head of the Kurdistan Region’s foreign office Falah Mustafa is scheduled to meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in New York, Rudaw’s correspondent Majeed Gly reported.
Turkey has scheduled its National Security Council meeting for September 22, just three days before the Kurdistan Region votes on independence, and has said the meeting will focus on Erbil’s plans to hold the historic vote. Ankara will then announce its official stance with regard to what Erdogan had described as a “very wrong” decision by the Kurdish leadership. 
President Masoud Barzani said on Saturday that Kurdistan Region has proven for the last 25 years, since its creation, that it is not a threat to any country, and that Erbil is a “factor for peace.”
The Kurdish parliament voted in a majority to back the vote on its stated time of September 25, and on Sunday the Kurdish High Referendum Council stated that they refused the current US-backed alternative to referendum as it did not meet the Kurdish demands.


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Parêzvan | 18/9/2017
If you cross the line there won't remain a head on your shoulders! Kurdistan is ready to defend it self against all kind of terrorism and occupation. It doesn't matter if it is daesh, terrorist turkey, failed iraq or murder iran. Kurdistan will be independent! Accept that or not!
A. | 18/9/2017
Well we have one thing to say to Mr erdogone: SCREW YOU, you big bad wolf! We will no longer be pushed down by these tyrants! If they want to fight Kurds for wanting their freedom, then bring it on! We are not afraid of Turks! We don't have their military advances but we have something that they lack; courage and an immensely strong belief in freedom/justice! Bring it on mf!
Hakan | 18/9/2017
Every single PKK sympathising terrorist scum shall die a slow and painful death. Every single Turk is prepared to die for there country.
Mohamedzzz | 18/9/2017
Last 100 years the only thing Turkey did is destroy Kurds and their identity, Kurds can't afford to continue another 100 years of destruction, it is better to die fighting Turkey, than to die slaughtered by Turkey
delshad | 18/9/2017
Mr ardugan me, 4brothers,3sisters,father and mother will join peshmargs will defend our country kurdistan , so don't you dare try to scare us , because you guys tried every thing on us and didn't work. long live kurds and kurdistan

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