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Iraq

Shiite militant leader threatens Turkey over Turkish Nineveh deployment

By Rudaw 7/12/2015
Iraqi militia commander Hadi al-Ameri in the Al-Alam area.Photo: AFP
Iraqi militia commander Hadi al-Ameri in the Al-Alam area.Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Hadi al-Ameri, the head of the militant Shiite Badr Organization, has said his group would fight Turkish forces if Ankara continued deploying forces to Nineveh province ostensibly to support Kurdish forces fighting ISIS, a deployment that has been harshly opposed by the Shiite-led central government in Baghdad.  
 
“Violations of Iraqi territory will be responded to. We are strongly against it,” Ameri said making a speech at Al-Mustansiriya University in Baghdad Monday. “We know about the project to divide Iraq, but with God’s help it will be defeated.”
 
“Turkish tanks will be blasted if they don’t leave Iraq immediately. You shot down a Russian warplane just because of seven seconds, and now how could you violate Iraqi sovereignty?” he continued.
 
Ameri also called on the Iraqi government to react to the action more strongly and for Iraqis to demonstrate against the deployment on Friday.
 
Turkish soldiers were deployed to provide training for Kurdish forces in an area near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last week.

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halgord | 7/12/2015
Hahahaha how is he going to get to the turkish base? first he has to cross Kurdish territory. Does he really think we're going to give him permission?. Listen Iranian puppet; it's you and your criminal militias who're going to get blasted if you try to enter our territory without permission. Should have thought of these things before holding back our share of weapons and our budget huh? lol
Rawand Daiski | 7/12/2015
If the Turkish government wants our full backing they need to declare a ceasefire with PKK and restart the peace process immediately. Right now most Kurds resent the Turkish troops more even if they've been granted permission and are here to support our own troops. You can't conduct military operations against some Kurds in one part of Kurdistan and other operations in favor else where. You're also putting those Kurdish leaders who are trying to make the best out of a horrible situation look like they're betraying other Kurds. You want a united Turkish - Kurdish front on ISIS and the Shia crecent? relaunch the peace process!
falla | 7/12/2015
We should stay out of this. The ex- Sunni governor of Nineveh invited the Turks, the Iraqi government knows this and they've been here for almost a year, so all this is just excuses. Iran wants the Turks out, it's that simple.
KPatriot | 7/12/2015
We should support Iraq on this one. Just think about it, where are Kurds in Bashur and where are Kurds in Turkey? The Turks have tried to completely erase Kurds from the land they occupy from our Bakuri brothers. At least Baghdad tolerates us and yes they don't want to see us become too powerful, but that's understandable form their point of view. We as Kurds think otherwise, which is natural. But point is Baghdad never intervenes by force in Kurdish affairs in KRG controlled territory. The Turks barely let their Kurds speak Kurdish and give their children Kurdish names, and they force Kurdish children to say "How lucky I am to be a Turk" or something like that. The choice isn't hard. At least against TUrks, Kurds should stand behind Baghdad.
Mihemed Herki | 7/12/2015
Now suddenly turkey is our supporter? Or are there some few Turkmens in mosul as well? I personally never ever trust turkey and erdogan and never will. Turkey is doing whatever necessary to halt kurdish independence. No country on the face of the planet is more opposed to our independence then turkey and iran is nr 2.
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