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Humanitarian workers say the flight cancellations could have a "dire impact" on the lives of the region's 1.6 million refugees and displaced people.

Iraqi troops began joint military exercises with Turkey along the border. A Kurdish official at the Turkish border crossing described the situation there as "tense".

Iraqi state television reported that Iraqi military envoys visited the border of Kurdistan from the Iranian side.

"Commanders of Iranian Armed Forces took part in a meeting chaired by Army chief Maj".

Iran, which has condemned the referendum as illegal, on Friday banned the transportation of refined oil products by Iranian companies to and from Iraqi Kurdistan.

Iran, which also has a large Kurdish minority, stopped all flights from its territory to and from Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday while also condemning the vote.

Turkey and Iran, which have their own restive Kurdish populations, opposed the referendum, as did the United States. It also called for the deployment of forces to areas that had been under Iraqi government control before Islamic State (IS) forces captured Mosul in June 2014.

USA officials on Friday declared that the independence referendum was illegitimate.

"The United States does not recognize the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s unilateral referendum held on Monday".

Backed by Ankara and Tehran, the Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdish leadership cancel the result of the referendum or face the prospect of sanctions, global isolation and possibly a military intervention.

Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in a statement on Friday said that Kurds must return to the "constitutional" path, arguing that is in the best interest of all Iraqi people, including the Kurds.

"We need to prevent this crisis from further growing and spreading across other security areas", Jazayeri said, expressing his hope that the KRG and the central government in Baghdad can reach an understanding through dialogue and negotiations.

Iraq, Turkey and Iran have come out against the non-binding independence referendum, with Turkey threatening to end the Kurds' oil pipeline and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowing that Kurdish authorities will pay the price for their actions.

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