The level of the joint Turkish- Iraqi military drills in Şırnak- Silopi increases with every passing day, and with the 17th day of exercises in the rearview mirror, the number of armored vehicles taking part in the drills has reached 130.
Troops destroyed enemy positions and critical facilities in fierce clashes as a part of the ongoing military drills.
At the site of the drills, a tactical deployment of mechanized infantry was carried out in the region.
In case of a possible operation in northern Iraq, Turkish and Iraqi troops prepared by taking part in drills simulating critical deployment measures in hostile areas, in addition to training against enemy attacks and ambushes.
Turkey’s military drills were launched three kilometers away from the border in the southeastern Silopi region in the early hours of Sept. 18, a week before the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) non-binding independence referendum.
Iraqi soldiers arrived in Turkey on Sept. 23 for joint military exercises due to be carried out the following day in Habur.
Drills supervised by General İsmail Metin Temel
Commander of the 2nd Army General İsmail Metin Temel supervised the military exercise held at night in Silopi. During the nightly training witnessed by Temel, Sabra Tanks were deployed from their positions to perform “unplanned maneuvers.”
Performed for the fourth time and with the participation of 10 tanks, armored vehicles took part in maneuvers that subjected them to possible nightly attacks.
Turkish and Iraqi troops received defensive training against nightly attacks at staff quarters in the context of the ongoing drills.
Iran deploys tanks at border with KRG
Iran deployed on Monday a dozen tanks supported by artillery at the border with Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), a Kurdish official told Reuters.The move is believed to be part of joint drills planned by the Iranian and the Iraqi government armed forces in retaliation for an illegitimate independence referendum held a week ago by the KRG.“The tanks can be seen from the Kurdish side,” said the official in the KRG capital Erbil.Iranian state television on Saturday quoted a military spokesman as saying Iran and Iraq “agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces that are to be stationed at border posts”.
Turkey, Iraq, Iran to take over KRG borders
Military responses in reaction to the Kurdish Regional Government’s (KRG) refusal to hand over border crossings to the Iraqi government.The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has refused to hand over control of its border crossings to the Iraqi government, as demanded by Iraq, Iran and Turkey in retaliation for the independence referendum.The Iraqi Defense Ministry has said it planned to take control of the borders "in coordination" with Iran and Turkey, without indicating whether Iraqi forces were to move toward the external border posts controlled by the KRG from the Iranian and Turkish side.US deploys troops, arms near Turkish border to protect BarzaniFollowing Iraqi Chief of General Staff Osman Ganimi’s visit, it was decided to hold a joint military drill with Special Forces officers.After Ganimi’s visit to Iran, a similar decision was reached. Iran and Iraq will conduct joint border drills within days. Top military commanders "agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces that are to be stationed at border posts."The control of four border gates, which provide Erbil with significant revenue, will soon change ownership as a result of the military operations. President Erdoğan says KRG will ‘pay the price’HABUR ROUTE TO CHANGEThe operations near the border gates by Iraq, Turkey and Iran span across four border gates. Iraqi soldiers will take over the Habur border gate with the support of Turkish troops. KRG normally uses the Habur border gate for trade, and altering this route is on the agenda.Among the planned routes, there is a plan to connect Mosul via Zaho, Zumar and Bashika. After the commissioning of the road, it is stated that the Turkish soldiers in Bashika may secure the trade route.SOURCE OF REVENUE TO BE CUTIn Iran, three border gates are under the control of the KRG: Hacı Omeran-Temerçin Border Gate in Çoman county bounded to Erbil in the north, Başmak Border Gate in the south of Suleymaniye in the east and Peravizhan Border Gate in the town of Kelar.KRG is ‘solely responsible’ for what’s to come: PM YıldırımWith the operations to begin soon, the control will be taken over by the central government with Iraqi military support. While it is expected that the security of the trade routes will be ensured by Iraqi troops, it is stated that Turkey and Iran will take charge if necessary.Together with the control of border gates to Baghdad, Erbil will be deprived of a major source of income.Turkey, which has already threatened economic sanctions and a military response to any security challenges posed by the referendum result in neighboring northern Iraq, has threatened to cut off the Kurds' oil export lifeline - a pipeline that runs through Turkish territory.Iranian, Iraqi government forces to hold joint border drillsBacked by Ankara and Tehran, the Iraqi government has demanded that the KRG cancels the result of the referendum or face sanctions, international isolation and possibly a military intervention.Monday's illegitimate referendum saw Iraqis in KRG-controlled areas -- and in a handful of territories disputed between Erbil and Baghdad, including ethnically mixed Kirkuk and Mosul -- vote on whether or not to declare independence from Iraq's central government.Kurdish region urges Iraq, UN to lift air embargoMacron's invitation to visit France not related to Kurdish referendum: Iraqi PMFlight ban enters effect in Iraq’s Erbil, SulaymaniyahUS opens new military base in Iraq’s Nineveh provinceUS does not recognize KRG's independence poll
Iranian, Iraqi government forces to hold joint border drills
Iran’s state television announced that it will be conducting a joint military with central Iraqi government near the border.A military spokesman said the two countries decided to hold the drills during a meeting of Iranian military commenders who "agreed on measures to establish border security and receive Iraqi forces that are to be stationed at border posts."Iraq, Turkey and Iran continue to cooperate against Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) as President Masoud Barzani’s illegitimate referendum attempt has jeopardized Iraq’s territorial integrity.Kurdish region urges Iraq, UN to lift air embargoThe KRG referendum held on Monday in northern Iraq faced sharp opposition from most regional and international actors, many of whom had warned that the poll would further destabilize the Middle East.Turkey’s military drills were initiated in the early hours of Sept. 18, a week before the KRG independence referendum.Iraqi soldiers arrived in Turkey on Monday evening for joint military exercises due to be carried out on Tuesday in Habur.Flight ban enters effect in Iraq’s Erbil, SulaymaniyahUS does not recognize KRG's independence poll
Iraq sends delegation to Iran 'to coordinate military efforts'
A top ranking delegation from Iraq's armed forces headed to neighbouring Iran on Wednesday "to coordinate military efforts", according to a statement from the Iraqi military.The statement did not give any details about the aim of the visit, believed to be part of retaliatory measures taken by the government in Baghdad following the non-binding independence referendum held in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on Monday.Iran and Turkey also oppose any move towards secession and their armies have started joint drills near their borders with the KRG in recent days. Iraq and Turkey have also held joint military drills. Iraqi parliament asks leader Abadi to take back KirkukKRG poll had no legitimacy: Turkish oppositionIraqi PM calls on Kurds to cancel independence referendum's outcome