Iraq’s army ready Saturday to take management of the worldwide borders of the northern Kurdish area.
The transfer is a part of the central authorities’s stepped-up efforts to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week.
On Friday night, Iraq instituted a flight ban that halted all worldwide flights from servicing the territory’s airports.
Iraqi troops now in Turkey and Iran are anticipated to start out implementing management over the border crossings out and in of the Kurdish area, however will not be anticipated to maneuver into Kurdish territory.
Abdul-Wahab Barzani, director of intelligence on the crossing level from the Kurdish area into Turkey, stated Iraqi troops are in place on the Turkish aspect of the border.
“Thus far they haven’t contacted us,” he advised The Related Press. He stated he heard they plan to arrange a customs level some 15 meters (sixteen yards) away on the Turkish aspect and visitors is predicted to proceed to be allowed to cross the crossing usually.
The escalation feeds worries in america, an in depth ally of each the Kurds and Baghdad, that the referendum vote might result in violence, setting off an unpredictable chain of occasions.
The nonbinding referendum, through which the Kurds voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Iraq, won’t instantly end in an unbiased state.
However the vote has set off alarm bells in Baghdad, the place the federal government has stated it’s decided to stop a break-up of the nation, and in Iraq’s neighbors, Iran and Turkey, which worry the vote will gasoline comparable ambitions amongst their very own vital Kurdish populations.
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