Iran, Iraq to hold joint military drills along Kurdistan region border

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Tehran (ISNA) - A senior Iranian military commander announced that Iran and Iraq will hold joint military exercises along their border with the Kurdistan region in the coming days.

According to the deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri, Iran and Iraq will hold joint military exercises along their border with the Kurdistan region in the coming days in line with Tehran's policy to support Baghdad’s central government, after the recent independence referendum in the semi-autonomous region.

“The joint maneuver, dubbed Eqtedar (Strength), will be held by Iran’s Armed Forces and units of the Iraqi army along the two countries’ joint borders,” he said.

In defiance of Iraq’s stiff opposition, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) held a non-binding referendum on September 25 on secession from the central government in Baghdad.

Official results showed 92.73 percent of voters backed the secession. Turnout was put at 72.61 percent.

Major regional and international parties have voiced serious concern over the secessionist move, saying it would compound the problems of the country, which is already busy with counter terrorism operations against Daesh.

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