Iraqi Defense Ministry stated that it plans to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan’s border posts ‘in coordination’ with Iran and Turkey, as quoted by the Reuters news agency.
Earlier in the day, Baghdad said that three military convoys would be sent to Iraqi Kurdistan in order to establish control over the border crossings located in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Iraqi Kurdistan refused to place any border crossing from Erbil to Baghdad to the Iraqi federal government.
The Iraqi demand to transfer the control over the border crossings from Erbilto Baghdad followed the Monday independence referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan. On Wednesday, the Iraqi authorities also ordered to stop all international flights through the airports of Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.
On Monday, Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as a number of areas officially controlled by the Iraqi authorities, held the referendum on the independence from Baghdad. According to the Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission, 92.7 percent of voters supported the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan.
The independence vote in Iraqi Kurdistan had been widely criticized not only by Iraq itself, but also by Iran, the United States and the United Nations.