Iraqi Army Takes Over Turkey Border Crossing From Kurds, Turkish PM Says

Baghdad urges Peshmerga to withdraw to pre-2003 borders

A strong KRG is essential to the Iraqi long-term stability and to the enduring defeat of the Islamic State (IS), said Nauert on Monday, urging all Kurdish parties to support the KRG to resolve pending issues over the remainder of its term and prepare for elections in 2018, Xinhua news agency reported.

Turkish soldiers patrol the road to Habur border gate near the Turkish-Iraq border in Silopi district in Sirnak city, Turkey, 24 September 2017.

"Negotiations are still ongoing", said a Kurdish official in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, Erbil.

Iran, fearing the vote would inflame the separatist aspirations of their own sizable Kurdish population, strongly opposed independence and at the request of Baghdad closed its borders in northern Iraq and halted all flights there and back. They seized control of the Kirkuk, Baba Gurgur and Avana oilfields.

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They were to raise the Iraqi national flag and take down the flag of the Kurdish regional government (KRG), which had until now controlled the crossing. The United States had urged the Kurds not to hold the referendum, anxious it would precipitate a backlash.

On Sunday, Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani told the regional parliament in a letter read to lawmakers that he would not seek re-election after last month's Kurdish independence referendum sparked a crisis with Iraq's government and neighboring countries.

It was taken this month after members of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, the region's top opposition party, forged an Iranian-brokered deal with Baghdad to withdraw from the province while Iraqi troops moved forward to take their positions.

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