Following Kurds’ capitulation, Iran reopens border crossing
Iran reopened a border crossing with the Kurdistan region of Iraq Wednesday after closing it following last month’s vote in favor of independence, Iranian state media reported. The Bashmagh crossing lies 50km east of the eastern KRG town of Sulaimaniya. The statement made no mention of Kurdistan’s decision that morning to freeze the results of its independence referendum and call for a cessation of hostilities and dialogue with Baghdad.
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Iran reopens border crossing while it continues the military build-up of Iraqi forces and Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) towards the Kurdistan Region. Kurdistan Region’s Security Council said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Iraq has shown zero signs of de-escalating their military aggression against the people of Kurdistan Region.”