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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish and Iraqi soldiers were heading towards the Habur border gate between their two countries and Iraqi troops were expected to assume control of the crossing from Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Turkish security sources said on Tuesday.

Baghdad has taken a series of retaliatory measures in response to a Sept. 25 referendum, in which Kurds in northern Iraq voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence, alarming Baghdad, Iraq's neighbours and Western powers.

The Habur border gate, named the Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing in Iraq, is the main transit point between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan.

(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans)

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