Iran, Iraq to hold drills after Kurds choose independence

Deadline approaches for Iraq's Kurds to hand over control airports

Iraq Set To Impose Flight Ban On Kurdistan In Row Over Independence

They also demanded that foreign governments close their diplomatic missions in Erbil and called for the closure of border posts with Turkey and Iran that are outside central government control.

"A military exercise joint between iranian armed forces and units of the iraqi army will take place in the next few days along the common border", said to journalists the spokesman of the iranian armed forces, Massoud Jazayeri.

Iraq's central government is making preparations for its military to seize control of global borders along the northern Kurdish region in an attempt to isolate the Kurds from other countries.

Earlier this week, Erdogan said Iraqi Kurds would go hungry if his country halted the flow of trucks and oil across the border, near where Turkish and Iraqi soldiers have been carrying out military exercises this week.

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In retaliation to the referendum, Iran was not allowed until further notice this week, the transportation of petroleum products to and from iraqi Kurdistan.

Mr Abadi vowed to "impose Iraq's rule" and reaffirmed his threat to stop direct worldwide flights to and from the Kurdistan Region.

Tensions have escalated between Arbil and Baghdad since Iraqi Kurds on Monday voted for the independence of their oil-rich region in a non-binding referendum.

Yildirim stated that that KRG authority in Erbil had made a grave mistake by lighting "the fire of separation", warning that this would fuel problems in the region, which has been suffering from Daesh and PKK terrorism as well as various Iraqi insurgents and occupations.

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It also urged all parties to put an "end to vocal recriminations and threats of reciprocal actions" in the aftermath of the plebiscite.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Saturday that Iraqi Kurdish authorities would "pay the price" for the independence referendum, which Turkey strongly opposed.

Iraq's government has also attempted to pressure Kurds to walk back their vote, demanding that they hand over control of airports and borders and imposing a ban on worldwide flights to and from Iraqi Kurdistan on Friday.

The plebiscite angered Iraq's neighbours - Turkey, Iran and Syria - who are concerned it could encourage their own Kurdish minorities to break away.

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Global flights were indefinitely suspended from Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports in Iraqi Kurdistan at 6 p.m. Friday (11 a.m. ET) by order of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority.

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