Iran, Iraq to put pressure on Kurds with joint military exercise

The incident occurred just days after Iraqi Kurdistan voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence in a non- binding referendum bitterly opposed by Turkey. It has also threatened to close land borders between Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq and to send troops into the disputed, oil-producing city of Kirkuk.

The Iraqi government has placed a ban on global flights to airports in the country's Kurdish area.

Iran is one of the main exporters of fuel products to Kurdistan, IRIB said.

"There has been an effect on the overall mission to defeat (IS) in Iraq as a result of the referendum", Colonel Ryan Dillon told journalists.

The statement did not give more detail or indicate specifically whether Iraqi forces were planning to move toward the external border posts controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from the Iranian and Turkish side.

The Kurdish regional government has rejected measures adopted by Iraq in the wake of its independence vote as Baghdad has chose to ban flight to Arbil.

According to the spokesman, the United Nations welcomes that both the national government in Baghdad and the regional government in Kurdistan ensure their willingness to do everything in their power to protect the population.

On September 13, the Israeli premier voiced support for what he called the "legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own".

Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi said, "Any measure taken by the government will take into account the interests of the Kurdish people".

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.

"We urge the Kurdish authorities to respect the role by constitutional mandate of the central government, and we call on the central government to reject threats and mentions of possible use of force", the United States government added.

"Territorial integrity and unity of Iraq".

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi has given the KRG until Friday to hand over control of its airports to the federal government. "They deny the constitutional rights of the Kurds", it said, while reiterating, however, that the KRG was "ready for dialogue to resolve problems" with Baghdad.

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