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

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

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And the suspension of the presidency, said Zaid Ali, author of "The Struggle for Iraq's Future", has created an impossible task for Kurdish lawmakers.

An independence referendum held by Iraq's Kurds last month was supposed to reinvigorate the long-held dream of an independent Kurdistan. The city was retaken by Iraqi forces earlier this month.

While Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claimed the crossing was controlled by the Iraqi government, Kurdish officials dismissed these reports. Discussions were ongoing to allow Iraqi "oversight" at the border, Hoshyar Zebari, a former Iraqi foreign minister now working as an adviser to the KRG, told Reuters.

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Turkish and Iraqi troops, practicing joint training exercises since mid-September, moved to the border crossing on Tuesday, the Ankara-run Anadolu Agency reported. Disputes between the KRG and the Baghdad federal government range from the perennial tussle over how to share oil revenues to the control of territory and border crossings.

The UK Secretary of State reiterated his country's continued support to the Kurds within a unified Iraq. Its borders with Turkey and Iran, the Kurds' top trading partners, were also seized.

The Kurdistan Region "must build strong democratic institutions and resolve historical differences between the KRG and the Iraqi government consistent with the Iraqi Constitution", Johnson stated, adding the Region "will have the UK's full support".

The Peshmerga took over the multi-ethnic region of Kirkuk in 2014, after the Iraqi army collapsed in the face of Islamic State, preventing the militants from controlling its oilfields.

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The split between the Kurds and the Iraqi central government is a particular challenge for Washington, which is closely allied to both sides. Masoud Barzani held the referendum "for his own pride".

"They (Baghdad) used the referendum as an excuse".

She also hailed the decision of President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani not to seek another term.

Turkish Army vehicles are driven away on a convoy at the Habur/Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Iraq, near Silopi, southeastern Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

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