Iran supports Iraq, prepares to receive Iraqi forces

Iran, Iraq, hold joint drills after Kurdish independence referendum.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Iranian and Iraqi flags
Iranian and Iraqi flags

Iranian military spokesman Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri on Saturday told state television that the Iranian military would be holding joint war games with Iraq.

The two countries also "agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces that are to be stationed at border posts," he added. Joint war games will be held along their common border.

Following Iraqi Kurdistan's vote to become independent on Monday, Iran closed borders to the area and banned transportation of refined oil products to and from Kurdistan.

Iraq insisted the Kurds transfer control of both airports and borders to the Iraqi central government. The country will work with both Iran and Turkey to control Kurdistan's borders.

Both Iran and Iraq halted flights to Kurdistan.

In August, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu came out in support of Kurdish independence, calling the Kurds "brave, pro-Western people who share our values."

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