Iraqi PM reopens Kurdish airports to international flights

Tue 13 Mar 2018 at 12:32 Regional
NNA - Iraqs Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he is reopening airports in Iraqs Kurdish region to international flights after federal authority was restored at the hubs.

Al-Abadis announcement on Tuesday comes some six months after the airports were initially shut to international flights following a controversial referendum vote in northern Iras self-ruled Kurdish region that overwhelmingly backed independence from Baghdad.

The vote, though non-binding, was held across the autonomous Kurdish regions three provinces as well as in some disputed territories controlled by Iraqi Kurdish security forces but claimed by Baghdad.

The referendum was vehemently rejected by Baghdad and Iraqs other neighbors, ratcheting up tensions in the region on the heels of military victories against the Islamic State group.

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