BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) intensified their military drill in the country’s Habur Region along the Turkish-Iraq border, Saturday, ahead of the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum on September 25.
The drill, which began on Monday, is now into its ‘second stage’ and has welcomed the participation of additional troops. According to the Turkish army, the drills will last until September 26, one day after the Kurdish independence referendum is set to take place across the border.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has stated that the referendum is a matter of national security, warning that Turkey will take necessary steps in retaliation.
Iraqi Kurdistan is set to vote on September 25 in an independence referendum that is opposed by Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey.