Territory lost by Kurds in Iraq

Iran to lift border curbs with Iraq's Kurdish region in coming days

"Those who take advantage of the route will be stopped", he said, referring to KRG racketeering practices that affect trucks that use the Kurdish region to reach other parts of Iraq.

He said all border controls will now be carried out by Iraqi and Turkish officials.

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has said it hopes that the situation in northern Iraq will normalize as Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani has made a decision to step down.

Within two days of the referendum Iraqi forces took over territory that had been held by the Kurds, including Kirkuk.

Iran, fearing the vote would inflame the separatist aspirations of their own sizable Kurdish population, strongly opposed independence and at the request of Baghdad closed its borders in northern Iraq and halted all flights there and back.

Spanish Deputy PM given temporary charge of Catalonia
But anti-secession rallies have been called for the capital, Madrid , today, and for Barcelonaon Sunday. Meanwhile the regional parliament has been debating a possible declaration of independence .

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

A second border crossing from Ovaköy into Iraq can be opened, but Iraq or Turkey should maintain security, Customs Minister Bülent Tüfenkçi said earlier. Within weeks, a backlash from the vote revealed Barzani had miscalculated.

Local news outlets reported his supporters, many armed with sticks, broke into the parliament to insist that he remain in power.

Barzani's family continues to play an outsized role in the region's political hierarchy. Suggesting that Barzani's departure may yield greater Kurdish unity and improve the odds of a resolution with Baghdad, a USA official said: "We can't allow this tension to continue".

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