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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 07:44 GMT

Withdraw troops from northern Iraq Baghdad tells Turkey

(MENAFN- Asia Times) Turkey’s tanks entered Iraq province without authorization

President Fouad Massoum called the deployment of Turkish troops inside Iraq “a violation of international norms and law”.

Massoum called on Turkey to withdraw the troops and asked Iraq’s Foreign Ministry to take the necessary measures “to preserve the country’s sovereignty and independence”.

The foreign ministry called Turkey's move 'an incursion' Reuters reported.

According to the agency's source the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition was aware of Turkey’s move.

'Turkish soldiers have reached the Mosul Bashiqa region. They are there as part of routine training exercises. One battalion has crossed into the region' the source told Reuters without revealing the exact number of troops.

He added that the Turkish forces are 'training Iraqi troops.'

However according to two US defense officials quoted by Reuters Turkey's deployment is not part of the efforts of the US-led coalition battling Islamic State (IS).

On Friday 130 Turkish soldiers equipped with heavy weapons were deployed at a military base on the outskirts of the city of Mosul which is currently held by IS according to the Daily Sabah newspaper.

According to Cumhuriyet newspaper the number of the deployed Turkish troops amounts to at least 150.

The town of Bashiqa is located about 10 kilometers northeast of Mosul.

Mosul Iraq's second biggest city was seized by Islamic State in June 2014 and has been fully governed by militants ever since. Moreover the extremist group captured large stockpiles of weapons that were stored in the city.

'In the collapse of Mosul we lost a lot of weapons' Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV in June. 'We lost 2300 Humvees in Mosul alone' he added.

‘Ankara adding fuel to the fire’

By shooting down a Russian bomber and sending forces to neighboring Iraq Ankara is adding fuel to the fire in the Middle East to prevent major powers from joining forces to defeat IS Russian Senator Franz Klintsevich told RIA Novosti.

“The Su-24 tragedy aswell asthe invasion ofTurkish troops inIraq are linked. The Turkish regime is trying toescalate tensions inthe region toprevent a counter-terrorism coalition frombeing formed” Klintsevich said.

A so-called “war ofall againstall” will put an end toefforts aimed atbringing together major stakeholders interested indefeating extremists. This is exactly what the country which is engaged inillegal business with IS is trying toachieve inthe Middle East.

“We’ve already said this: all masks have been thrown down we have tobe ready forany provocation” Klintsevich added.

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