Military buildup on the KRG-Iran border

Kurdish security forces and Iranian tanks have deployed to opposite sides of the Parwezkhan crossing, as Baghdad moves to exert federal control over border posts.
Military buildup on the KRG-Iran border
Tankers carrying crude oil from Kurdistan queue at that Parwezkhan border crossing in Diyala province, Nov. 6, 2013. (PATRICK OSGOOD/Iraq Oil Report)

ERBIL - Kurdish leaders affiliated with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party deployed reinforcements to the Iranian border Monday, as tensions increased over fears that federal Iraqi troops would take the Parwezkhan border crossing by force.

Iranian troops have been conducting military exercises near Parwezkhan - a menacing show of displeasure in response to the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Sept. 25 non-binding independence referendum.

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