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U.S. welcomes Iraqi victory in northern town

07 October 2017

The Turkish president described as "illegal" Kurdish referendum on 25 September, making it clear that his interlocutor in Iraq is going to be central government of Baghdad.

The KRG says northern Iraq's Kurdish enclave could hold 45 billion barrels of crude reserves, more than OPEC member Nigeria.

Speaking about the Iraqi Kurdistan referendum, Khamenei said, "In confronting this event, Iran and Turkey must take every possible action, and Iraq's government must take serious actions on this issue".

The region pumped about 544,600 barrels of oil a day in 2016 and is expected to boost output to 602,000 barrels this year, consultant Rystad Energy said in April.

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His words were partly echoed by Erdogan, who said that "Turkey's and Iran's determination on the matter is evident".

"The northern Iraqi leadership is drunk with the result of the referendum, it's not aware of what it is doing or what kind of steps it's taking", he said.

"Since the beginning of the Kurdish liberation movement until now, it was Mam Jalal who brought us to this point", said Karim Mohammed, a Sulaimaniyah resident among the crowds gathered to pay their respects, "he always looked after us".

Iran has ordered a halt to all trade in fuel products with Iraqi Kurdistan and has said it will allow Iraqi federal forces to deploy at its border crossings with the region. But the Baghdad central government, its neighbors and Western powers fear the vote could spark further conflict in the Middle East to add to the war in Syria. Businessmen in Erbil had expressed concern on Tuesday that the dollar ban would cause a greenback shortage and possibly lead to a grey foreign currency market, as the Iraqi dinar ($1 = 1,167 dinars) is not accepted overseas. As a good will gesture, Bagdad seized a strategy of financial embargo of the region's banks on Wednesday.

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Macron offered to mediate between the Iraqi government and Kurdish regional authorities, and promised to maintain a military presence there until Islamic State was defeated.

Macron said dialogue "is the only path" and "France is ready.to contribute actively to mediation".

Al-Abadi said Thursday that Iraq "is for all Iraqis" and the constitution guarantees the rights of all its citizens.

"The two countries favour no change in the geographical boundaries, territorial integrity of countries as well as the stability and security of the region", said Rouhani adding that in the case of Syria, tripartite talks with Russian Federation will take place within the framework of the Astana talks, and in the case of Iraq, tripartite negotiations between the two countries and the central government of Iraq will continue.

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"Today's victory demonstrates we are stronger together, and this coalition remains committed to supporting our partners in the tough fight ahead as we continue our mission to defeat ISIS", Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, a senior American commander, said in a statement Thursday congratulating the Iraqi and Kurdish forces.

U.S. welcomes Iraqi victory in northern town