Iraq suspends global flights to Kurdistan after independence vote

Iraq suspends global flights to Kurdistan after independence vote

Speaking in Istanbul, Binali Yildirim said the administration of northern Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) had made a mistake by holding the illegitimate referendum on Monday despite strong opposition from all neighboring countries, including Turkey, Iran, and Iran's central government.

The KRG also vowed to take legal measures to counter recent decisions by the Iraqi parliament, which on Wednesday asked Mr Abadi to send troops to the oil-rich Kirkuk region and other disputed areas now controlled by Kurdish forces.

Iraq PM Haider al Abadi.

Turkey has also warned against travel to the northern Iraqi cities of Dahuk, Irbil and Sulaimaniyah, citing security risks following the referendum.

The move to seize the border post was a response to a Kurdish referendum, Monday (9/25/2017), resulted a vote in favor of secession from Iraq.

Iranian transport companies and drivers are ordered to stop carrying fuel products between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan "until further notice" or face "consequences", the state broadcaster's website reported.

Wages, including those of Kurdish peshmerga fighters, were slashed after the end of those transfers, which were worth around Dollars 12 billion annually and made up 80 per cent of the region's budget revenues.

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"We will enforce federal authority in the Kurdistan region, and we already have started doing that", the prime minister said.

Worldwide flights were indefinitely suspended from Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports in Iraqi Kurdistan at 6 p.m. Friday (11 a.m. ET) by order of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority.

The exercises will be conducted at the level of at least four crossing points iranian side of the border, " he said, after a meeting of commanders in iran.

On Friday, Iraq also imposed a ban on worldwide flights into its Kurdish region, ordering foreign airlines to suspend travel to the airports in the cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniya.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Iraqi Kurdish authorities would pay the price for an independence referendum which was widely opposed by foreign powers.

The Kurdistan Regional Government has said such a ban would be "illegal".

Calling the vote "unconstitutional", Iraq's parliament on Wednesday also asked Abadi to send troops to the oil-producing, Kurdish-held region of Kirkuk to take control of its lucrative oil fields.