Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Iraq Threatens to Continue Military Operation Against Kurds

Iraq Threatens to Continue Military Operation Against Kurds

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday evening announced that government forces had secured all parts of Iraq "disputed" between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

Iraq's Kurdish region said Thursday that it had offered a joint Kurdish-Iraqi deployment at a strategic crossing into Turkey with the participation of US -led worldwide forces, as part of a compromise aimed at ending a standoff with Baghdad.

Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government said on Thursday it has offered to deploy its troops alongside Iraq's to man a strategic crossing into Turkey.

On Wednesday, the Iraqi Joint Operations Command accused the KRG of using the talks that started on Friday to "buy time" to strengthen Kurdish bargaining chips.

Tensions have been running high between Baghdad and the region of Kurdistan after the Kurds held a controversial referendum on the independence of the Kurdistan region and the disputed areas.

21 said it was increasing oil exports from the southern region by 200,000 bpd as output from Kirkuk fell when Iraqi forces took back control of the northern region's oilfields from Kurdish fighters who had been there since 2014.

In a statement, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said the federal government would also soon assume control over all the country's border crossings with neighboring Syria.

The crude from the northern regions is carried by a pipeline across Iraqi Kurdistan and then Turkey.

Iraqis troops on Tuesday set up positions between the Turkish and the Iraqi Kurdish checkpoints at the Habur border crossing between the Turkish town of Silopi and the Iraqi town of Zakho.

Control of the border area is of crucial importance for the landlocked Kurdish region.

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