Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced the independence referendum
in Iraqi Kurdistan, and will not rule out a potential military action to stop efforts to usurp
his country's territory.
The warning came as people in the Iraqi autonomous region voted on Monday in an
independence referendum, amid rising tensions and international opposition.
Balloting took place in the disputed areas between the northern city of Erbil and the
capital Baghdad, as well as the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, which is ethnically mixed.
Erdogan said on Monday that his country’s armed forces are on the borders with Iraq to
do whatever it takes, adding that Turkey could block key oil exports of the Kurdish
Regional Government (KRG) over the vote.