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Iraqi army takes control of Iraqi-Kurdish border crossing with Turkey: Report

AFP , Tuesday 31 Oct 2017
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Iraqi government forces on Tuesday took control of the key border crossing with Turkey in the Iraqi Kurdistan region after weeks of tensions between Baghdad and Arbil, Turkish state media said.

The Iraqi forces deployed at the Ibrahim Al Khalil crossing alongside Turkish forces and were preparing to raise the Iraqi national flag, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The Kurdish region has found itself increasingly isolated after holding a non-binding independence referendum on September 25 that was opposed not just by Baghdad but also Iran, Turkey and the Kurds' Western allies.

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