As Kurdish Borders Near, Struggle Of Phrases Heats Up

Kurdish officials said that was not going to happen.
We can also close the Erbil International Airport to domestic flights, to Baghdad and Najaf.” That, he said, would hurt many Iraqi officials whose family members live in the Kurdish region.
Saad al-Hadithi, the spokesman for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, said that land borders would also be closed between Iraq’s Kurdish region and Turkey and Iran, but there was no confirmation if that had actually happened.
Kurdish forces took control of most of the city after Islamic State extremists chased the Iraqi army out in 2014.
Iraq’s influential Shia spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, in his Friday sermon in the southern city of Karbala, was strongly critical of the Kurdish move.

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