Iraqi Kurds say border crossings with Iran closed

Haj Omran border is seen, on the border between Iran and Kurdistan, Iraq on October 3, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 15 October 2017

Iraqi Kurds say border crossings with Iran closed

BAGHDAD: Kurdish media reported on Sunday the three official border crossings between Iraq’s Kurdish region and Iran have been closed.
Rudaw news agency, quoting the region’s Customs chief Samal Abdulrahman said the three crossings were closed from the Iranian side on Sunday, adding that one semi-official crossing remains open. Iran’s Foreign Ministry, however, said there has been no change to the status of the border.
Earlier, Iran’s Tasnim news agency also reported that Iran had closed its border gates with northern Iraq in response to an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region last month.
Iran last month halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq after the independence referendum by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).


Marine monitor reports departure of Iran tanker after Gibraltar rejects US demand

Updated 14 min 15 sec ago

Marine monitor reports departure of Iran tanker after Gibraltar rejects US demand

  • Gibraltar authorities have not confirmed the tanker's departure

GIBRALTAR: The Iranian oil tanker at the center of a diplomatic dispute departed from Gibraltar late Sunday after the British overseas territory rejected a US demand to seize the vessel.
According to the monitoring website Marine Traffic, the supertanker which had been detained since July 4 off the coast of Gibraltar lifted anchor Sunday evening and started sailing south.
Authorities in Gibraltar have not confirmed its departure.