Millions vote 'yes' for independent Kurdistan!

Millions vote 'yes' for independent Kurdistan!”

The holding of the referendum triggered a crisis in Erbil-Baghdad relations and made the central Iraqi government adopt tight measures to reclaim Iraq's sovereignty, including a ban on worldwide flights to Kurdistan's airports.

Iraq's government has said that all measures to isolate the Kurdish region would be temporary and reversed if the Kurds annulled the results of the vote, which Iraq's Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional.

He said that at a high-level meeting of Iranian commanders, "necessary decisions were taken to provide security at the borders and welcome Iraq's central government forces to take position at border crossings".

The statement did not provide further details or explanations regarding the plans of Iraqi forces to seize control of the border posts controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from Iran and Turkey.

Iraqi troops now in Turkey and Iran were expected to start enforcing control over the border crossings out of the Kurdish region on Saturday morning.

A military exercise joint between the armies of iran and iraq will take place in the next few days.

Iran has ordered a fuel embargo on the Iraqi Kurdistan region, according to Iranian state news agency IRNA.

"We will impose Iraqi law in the entire region of Kurdistan under the constitution", he said.

Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey all have sizable Kurdish populations and have had to deal for years with Kurdish restiveness and calls for autonomy.

Iraq's Transport Ministry ordered global airlines to halt service to Irbil, the Kurdish regional capital, and Sulaimaniyah, its second city, beginning this evening.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan yesterday said Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers.

State carrier Qatar Airways was just the latest airline to announce all flights to and from the Kurdish region would be cancelled starting tomorrow.

The Iraqi Kurdish regional government on Thursday rejected measures adopted by Baghdad in the wake of its independence vote as illegal and nothing more than "collective punishment".

"The United States asks all parties, including Iraq's neighbours, to reject unilateral actions and the use of force".

"Based on the recent regional developments and the order of the department of border and counter-strike affairs of the Interior Ministry, global transport companies and drivers should avoid loading and carrying fuel products to and/or from the Kurdistan region of Iraq until further notice", the directive said.

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