02 October, 2017
On Monday, Iraqi Kurds approved a referendum on independence which the central government strongly opposes.
On Saturday, military spokesman General Masoud Jazayeri told Iranian state television that commanders have chose to hold joint war games with Iraq.
The drills will take place at several crossings on Iran's border with Iraqi Kurdistan, he said, speaking after a high-level meeting of Iranian commanders.
Iraqi Kurds overwhelmingly voted in favor of independence in a referendum on Monday, which Mr. Ali said obliges Mr. Barzani to negotiate independence from the rest of Iraq. Iraqi forces were also deployed on the border with Turkey as part of a joint exercise with Turkish troops.
Iran, which has condemned the referendum as illegal, on Friday banned the transportation of refined oil products by Iranian companies to and from Iraqi Kurdistan.More news: Oil to average in the US$50sa barrel in 2018: Gulf Intelligence
On Friday, the USA secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, said the United States government did not recognise the Kurdish referendum. We urge Iraqi Kurdish authorities to respect the constitutionally-mandated role of the central government and we call upon the central government to reject threats or even allusion to possible use of force.
Turkey, which has threatened to impose sanctions on the Kurds, said its border with northern Iraq remained open, although it may not remain so. The United Nations and the United States also decried the Iraqi Kurdish authorities for potentially destabilizing the region.
Disputed areas between the Kurdish capital Erbil and Baghdad, mainly the oil-rich Kirkuk province, have turned into powder kegs that could go off any moment.
The comments from the United States come as the last plane left Iraqi Kurdistan on Friday after Baghdad-ordered an worldwide flight ban in retaliation for the independence referendum.
The referendum has stirred fears of a new regional conflict.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi accepted an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday to come to Paris on October 5 for talks on the Kurdish independence referendum, a source in Macron's office said.