USA urges Kurdish parties to work for united Iraq

UK urges Iraq KRG to maintain dialogue

UK urges Iraq KRG to maintain dialogue

Both Iran and Turkey conducted military exercises along their borders with the Kurdish region in response to the vote.

The Habur border gate is in Turkish hands, while the Ibrahim Khalil gate on the Iraq side is in the control of Iraqi authorities, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim announced.

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

Ahead of the vote, Soleimani warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw their forces from Kirkuk or face a "fiery" onslaught by Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed fighters, according to Kurdish and Iraqi officials.

Turkey and Iraq will launch a second border gate in the near future, which will pass through Tal Afar, the prime minister noted.

In the days to come, other losses followed: The Kurdish region's oil revenues were effectively halved.

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But since the Kurds staged a referendum on independence last month that Baghdad considers illegal, the central government has demanded a presence at all border crossing points. Its borders with Turkey and Iran, the Kurds' top trading partners, were also seized.

"We lost everything because of Barzani's miscalculation and personal ambitions, so his stepping down is a positive thing for the region".

It's not clear who will take Barzani's place after he asked his powers be dissolved.

Barzani's family continues to play an outsized role in the region's political hierarchy.

Iraq's entire land border with Turkey is located inside the Kurdish autonomous region, and has been controlled by the Kurds since before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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