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Erdogan: Turkey cannot count on Iraqi forces for border security

By Rudaw 13/12/2015
 Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AFP.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AFP.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described Iraq's complaint at the United Nations over the deployment of Turkish soldiers to Camp Bashiqa near Mosul as "not a sincere step."

Erdogan told Turkish TV on Saturday that it was Iraq’s "natural right" to file the complaint and ask the withdrawal of the Turkish troops, but added that Baghdad is being insincere by making this demand.

The Turkish president said that Ankara could not count on Baghdad for security in the region, particularly near its borders.

“Are we to wait for the invitation of the central Iraqi government when there is an attack to our country?" Erdogan asked rhetorically before adding," We have no such luxury."

In a televised address on Friday Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called the deployment of Turkish troops near Mosul a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.

Abadi claimed that Iraq has already given "Turkey a time limit to withdraw its troops and not to close the door to dialogue," and called upon the Security Council to "shoulder its responsibilities" by demanding that Turkey withdraw.  

Erdogan however, defended his country’s troop movements, saying the 150-man Turkish force "are more of a training team rather than a combative force" and that they were there upon Baghdad's insistence last year, as quoted by Anadolu news agency.
He went on to say that Russia and Iran were behind the Iraqi complaints.

Iraq's most influential and senior Ayatollah, Ali al-Sistani, also joined Baghdad in condemning the Turkish move and ordering the forces out. Turkey shouldn't have deployed its "troops to the territory of another state under the pretext of supporting the fight against terrorism." AP quoted Sistani as saying.

Consequently the Grand Ayatollah called upon Baghdad to "protect the sovereignty of Iraq."

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NE MUTLU KÜRDÜM DIYENE | 13/12/2015
what a sheet!!!! if you wish to secure your border than u will put soldiers in your side and note in other country border!!!!. nearly 1 million people gone to europe from turkey to Greece than to other country so Greece has wright to put their soldiers in turkish lends to stop people???!!!!
Remo K
Remo K | 13/12/2015
Islamic State (IS) should attack Turkish forces (only 15 km away from Mosul). Turkey used the IS to fight against the Kurds and now they are deserted everywhere. It is time the IS did something honorable and kicked the invading Mongols out of Iraq's sovereign territory. This may turn out the best thing the IS has ever done for Iraq.
Ahmed | 13/12/2015
There is an agenda behind this .Ordogan is trying to weaken the central government in Baghdad . It all about his confrontation with Iran. Because the central government is a Sheiat government he will try to make it fail . Masoud unfortunately siding with him forgeting how many times the Turks slutered the Kurds .
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 13/12/2015
Turkey should not be scared, their friends Isis will not attack them,they just attack the Kurdish campaign during elections ,that is ordered by Turkeys secret service.
Muraz Adzhoev | 13/12/2015
If Iraq had sovereignty, the so called ISIS would have never entered that country and not occupied within just a few days or even hours its provinces and cities. Iraq is dead, because Baghdad failed to keep in order its state sovereignty, in particular to provide territorial, political, military, socio-economic and ethnocultural integrity and unity of its components and regions. Baghdad prime-minister still has a diplomatic Iraqi "passport", but there is no Iraq any more. The whole world is aware of this fact. The same situation, terms and conditions now happened with deadly failed Syria, former Syrian regime in its capital city of Damascus. The sooner the UN GA and SC recognize these two true and clear facts, the better for the whole world community, international peace, security, economic stability, cooperation and development. Let main components together with all communities of former Iraq and Syria self-determine their future in their own self-established national statehoods in accordance of their own free-will political and national expressions.

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