Iraq’s Kurdish region reopens roads to Mosul

Northern Iraq’s Kurdish region on Sunday reopened roads to the city of Mosul, according to an Iraqi military officer.

People and trucks were allowed to use the roads between Mosul and the Kurdish region, Col. Ahmed al-Jabouri told Anadolu Agency.

Tension has steadily mounted between Baghdad and the Erbil-based Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) since September 25, when Iraqis in KRG-held areas, and in several disputed parts of the country, voted on whether or not to declare independence from the Iraqi state.

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The unconstitutional referendum was heavily criticised by most regional and international actors, with many warning it would distract from Iraq’s ongoing fight against terrorism and further destabilise the region.

Over the course of the last two weeks, Iraqi government forces have moved into several parts of the country disputed between Baghdad and Erbil, including the oil-rich Kirkuk province.

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