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Turkey opposes Iraqi Shiite militia going to Tal Afar

By Rudaw 30/10/2016
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AP file photo.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. AP file photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country opposes any presence of the Iraqi Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militia in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul.

“Tal Afar is a very sensitive issue for us. We definitely do not regard it [Hashd involvement] positively in Tal Afar and Sinjar. I already told this to officials clearly,” Erdogan said on Saturday according to Anadolu news.

“Tal Afar is a totally Turkmen city, with half Shia and half Sunni Muslims. We do not judge people by their religious affiliation, we regard them as Muslims,” he added, “But if Hashd al-Shaabi terrorizes the region, our response would be different.”

Erdogan was speaking shortly after the Hashd began their operation against Tal Afar, which sits between Mosul and the Syrian border. The aim of this operation, according to Hashd spokesman Ahmed al-Assadi, is to “cut [ISIS] supplies between Mosul and Raqqa and tighten the siege [on ISIS] in Mosul and liberate Tal Afar.”

The Hashd opposes Turkey’s current military presence in Bashiqa, northwest of Mosul. Turkey opposes any Hashd participation in the Mosul operation fearing it will alter that region’s demographics.

Erdogan has already demanded that Turkey play a role in the Mosul operation, insisting that after it is rescued from ISIS, “only Sunni Arabs, Turkmen and Sunni Kurds should remain there.” 


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Francis.GR | 30/10/2016
Erdogan adding trouble in Iraq. When ISIS is defeated as a Caliphate, its direct successor as a war monger in Syria and Iraq is Turkey. Sadly, it was empowed by the US - as a Nato member, and this expanding dictature is now out of control.
What | 30/10/2016
What has it got to do with Erdogan. This is a souvereign country. Why does Erdogan is interfering with Iraq. How about him ill treating his own country men the Kurd. Would he like another country to interfere as he is killing and starving Kurd. Does he like Iran to interfere. Iran will be strong in a few years thank to Obama who lifted sanction. May be Iran will interfere in their affair. He think he is a super power in his region. Iran will challenge that status in a few years time, not that I like that stupid country that interfere everywhere and ill tearted their own people.
Shadi | 30/10/2016
Erdogan is demanding another sovereign nation what it should do with its own cities? Maybe Erdogan should worry about his own country and stop buying Isis oil. I hope Russia spanks turkey.
Peter | 30/10/2016
please try and remember this another peoples country and not yours what should they care about your wishes of who runs thing i kurdish region or iraq for that matter
Jay | 30/10/2016
What right does this dictator have to interfere in Iraq business, let him fix the damage he has done to Turkey and specially to the Kurds. I am not in any way in favour of Hasd Al-Shaabi as they are worsen than Isis. Erdogan should mind his own business, what happened to Maliki and Abadi are they just good for Kurds, Erdogan is insulting them on daily basis, why dooesn't Maliki's men Hashd Al-Shaabi stop Erdogan from insulting Maliki.

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