Iraqi forces to take con­trol of Kur­dish re­gional bor­ders

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

IR­BIL,IRAQ» Iraq’s mil­i­tary was pre­par­ing to take con­trol of the in­ter­na­tional bor­ders of the north­ern Kur­dish region as a flight ban halted all in­ter­na­tional flights from ser­vic­ing the ter­ri­tory’s air­ports on Fri­day as the cen­tral gov­ern­ment in Bagh­dad stepped up moves to iso­late the Kurds fol­low­ing their vote on in­de­pen­dence ear­lier this week.

Iraqi troops now in Turkey and Iran would start on Satur­day morn­ing to enforce con­trol over the bor­der cross­ings out of the Kur­dish region, Iraqi of­fi­cials said. They will not en­ter the Kur­dish region, but instead Iraqi cus­toms ad­min­is­tra­tors backed by the troops will set up con­trol points just out­side the Kur­dish bor­der sta­tions, the of­fi­cials said.

The step will be the first move­ment of troops — out­side of joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises held by Turkey, Iran and Iraq — in re­sponse to this week’s ref­er­en­dum in which Kurds voted by more than 90 per­cent to back in­de­pen­dence from Iraq.

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