Mossad had no part in Kurdish referendum, insists Netanyahu

Hezbollah leader: Kurdish vote will sow division in region

Iraq's government says it will block global flights from the region's airports, a retaliatory move after the country's Kurdish region overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence.

The drills will take place at several crossings on Iran's border with Iraqi Kurdistan, he said. "Iraqi forces are dressed in black", he said, referring to the black uniforms of the country's elite Counter Terrorism Service.

The spokesperson for the Foreign Office (FO) said on Monday that the Kurdish referendum held in Iraq lacks legitimacy.

Baghdad declared the ballot illegal and suspended flights in retaliation.

Pressure has been mounting on the Kurds since the vote, not just from Baghdad but also from Ankara, with Turkey threatening a range of measures including cutting off key export routes for the region.

The Saturday meeting was held three days after the chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces and his Iraqi counterpart Major General Othman al-Ghanmi held talks in Tehran.

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He said Pakistan is deeply concerned over any attempts threatening the territorial integrity of Iraq or any other country in the region. The first was a civil-society-led initiative, whereas this is an initiative by the Kurdish government that has been ratified by the region's parliament, which convened on September 14 for the first time in more than two years. Leading up to the referendum, Netanyahu endorsed Kurdish statehood, making Israel the only nation to officially back the move.

Iraq's military prepared Saturday to take control of the worldwide borders of the northern Kurdish region.

The Iraqi government on Monday demanded that the Kurdish authorities stop "provocations" in disputed territories.

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's highest Shiite religious authority, called for all sides "to abide by the Iraqi constitution and to appeal to High Federal Court to solve the Kurdistan crisis".

"So far they have not contacted us", he told The Associated Press.

"These movements have to cease", he said.

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