War scene in the aftermath of the Kurdish referendum

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Military coordination with Iran is being promoted by Iraq, in the aftermath of the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, which was held on September 25 and according to the competent Electoral Commission, 92,73% of the Kurds voted in favor.

The turnout reached 72%. The result of the referendum does not lead to an immediate declaration of independence, but will be a springboard for negotiations with Baghdad, said the President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who has declared the referendum illegal, told the Iraqi parliament he had denied any use of the result as a basis for negotiations.

The referendum, he said, should be canceled and the dialogue should start on the basis of the framework set by the Iraqi constitution. We will enforce Iraqi law, he said, throughout the Kurdistan region, as provided by the constitution.

War scene and blockade by airlines

Iran and Turkey, which oppose any move toward Kurdish secession, have been conducting joint military exercises near their border with Iraqi Kurdistan in recent days. Turkish troops are conducting joint military exercises with Iraqi troops near the two .

Ankara, which continues its war against Kurdish separatist PKK guerrillas, is worried about the consequences of creating a Kurdish state on its borders. The Turkish military says 13 PKK rebels were killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq yesterday.

Meanwhile, airlines from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan have announced that they will suspend flights to and from the cities of Arbil and Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan from tomorrow, at the request of the Iraqi authorities.

The Iraqi prime minister in his ultimatum to the Kurdistan Regional Government to cancel the result of the independence referendum, demanded that the control of borders and airports be handed over to Baghdad within three days.

Otherwise, he threatened the Kurdish authorities that they would face a ban on direct international flights to the airports of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Responding to Baghdad's threats, Kurdistan Regional Government Minister of Transport Movlud Murad said Arbil and Sulaymaniyah airports were built with money from the autonomous region.

Source: Newsbeast.gr