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  • Travelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Travelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Kurdish women hold balloons to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Kurdish women hold balloons to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Protestors stand outside the Irbil International Airport to oppose the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Protestors stand outside the Irbil International Airport to oppose the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • A Kurdish woman holds a banner with 'independence' written on it to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    A Kurdish woman holds a banner with 'independence' written on it to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Protestors stand outside the Irbil International Airport to oppose the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Protestors stand outside the Irbil International Airport to oppose the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Kurdish women hold balloons to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Kurdish women hold balloons to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • A Kurdish man stands outside the Irbil International Airport to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    A Kurdish man stands outside the Irbil International Airport to protest against the flight ban issued by the Iraq federal government, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Travelers queue to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Travelers queue to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Hours ahead of a flight ban threatened by the central government, hundreds of passengers file through Irbil international airport Friday, September 29, 2017. The ban on all international flights servicing airports in the Kurdish region follows a controversial Kurdish independence referendum held this week that appears to be leaving the small land-locked Kurdish region increasingly isolated.

    Hours ahead of a flight ban threatened by the central government, hundreds of passengers file through Irbil international airport Friday, September 29, 2017. The ban on all international flights servicing airports in the Kurdish region follows a controversial Kurdish independence referendum held this week that appears to be leaving the small land-locked Kurdish region increasingly isolated.
    Associated Press

  • Travelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Travelers line up to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Hours ahead of a flight ban threatened by the central government, passengers file through Irbil international airport Friday, September 29, 2017. The ban on all international flights servicing airports in the Kurdish region follows a controversial Kurdish independence referendum held this week that appears to be leaving the small land-locked Kurdish region increasingly isolated.

    Hours ahead of a flight ban threatened by the central government, passengers file through Irbil international airport Friday, September 29, 2017. The ban on all international flights servicing airports in the Kurdish region follows a controversial Kurdish independence referendum held this week that appears to be leaving the small land-locked Kurdish region increasingly isolated.
    Associated Press

  • Travelers wait outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Travelers wait outside the Irbil International Airport in Iraq Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • Travelers queue to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    Travelers queue to check in at the Irbil International Airport, in Iraq, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

  • A traveler checks his phone in front of a Kurdish airline ticket office at the Irbil International Airport in Iraq Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.

    A traveler checks his phone in front of a Kurdish airline ticket office at the Irbil International Airport in Iraq Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Many travelers boarded the last flights out of the cities of Irbil and Sulaymaniyah as an Iraqi government order to halt all international flights in Kurdish territory was set to kick in on Friday.
    Associated Press

 
 

IRBIL, Iraq -- The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Two Iraqi officials say Iraqi central government officials have moved through Turkey onto the Turkish side of one of the Kurdish region's international border crossings.

The Saturday maneuvers come as Baghdad works to isolate the region following a controversial referendum on support for independence earlier this week.

The officials say Iraqi central government officials are also present in Iran, but their arrival to the border crossings with the Kurdish region has been delayed until Sunday.

A Kurdish official at the Turkish border crossing say the border was operating normally, but described the situation as "tense."

The move is just the latest step in a series of attempts from Baghdad to impose central government rule on the autonomous Kurdish region.

A ban on international commercial flights went into effect at Kurdish airports Friday evening.

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2:30 p.m.

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's armed forces plan to hold a joint military drill with the Iraqi army near Kurdish territory.

The Saturday report quotes Gen. Masoud Jazayeri, spokesman for Iran's joint armed forces staff, as saying the maneuver will be held in the coming days in northwest Iran near the Iraqi Kurdistan border.

Jazayeri said the decision to have some Iraqi military units participate came during a meeting Saturday of the chiefs of Iranian armed forces.

Iran closed its borders and stopped flights to Iraqi Kurdistan airports following a Kurdish referendum of independence from Iraq on Monday.

Ahead of the vote, Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard launched a military exercise in the same region.

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8:30 a.m.

Iraq's military is preparing to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region.

The preparations are part of the central government's stepped-up efforts to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week.

They come a day after Iraq instituted a flight ban that halted all international flights from servicing the territory's airports.

Iraqi troops now in Turkey and Iran were expected to start enforcing control over the border crossings out of the Kurdish region Saturday morning.

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