Iraqi military preparing to take control of Kurdish borders

2017-10-01 07:47
Iraqi Kurds wait to check their identities before voting in the Kurdish independence referendum at a stadium in Arbil. (Ahmed Deeb/AFP)

Iraqi Kurds wait to check their identities before voting in the Kurdish independence referendum at a stadium in Arbil. (Ahmed Deeb/AFP)

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Iraq — Iraq's military is preparing to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region.

The preparations are part of the central government's stepped-up efforts to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week.

They come a day after Iraq instituted a flight ban that halted all international flights from servicing the territory's airports.

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.

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