Iraq calls Turkey’s incursion a provocation, calls for full withdrawal of troops

Iraq calls Turkey’s incursion a provocation, demands complete withdrawal of troops

Iraq has demanded that Turkey cease its navy operations within the nation’s north, the place Turkish floor and air forces have begun an offensive in opposition to Kurdish rebels.

On Thursday, Iraq’s Ministry of Overseas Affairs summoned Turkish ambassador Fatih Yildiz and delivered to him a “strongly worded protest word” calling Turkey’s navy exercise within the area a provocation. Baghdad demanded a direct withdrawal of Turkish forces, and confirmed it has elevated border safety.

Ankara launched the so-called ‘Claw-Tiger’ operation on Tuesday in northern Iraq’s Haftanin area. It’s being carried out in opposition to the Kurdistan Employees’ Social gathering (PKK), which has taken up arms in opposition to the state in an try to realize regional independence, and is designated by Turkey as a “terrorist” group. Each nonetheless sporadically interact in armed skirmishes.

The Turkish Protection Ministry has said that its forces have hit greater than 500 targets within the first 36 hours.

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The Turkish air pressure struck PKK targets in northern Iraq on Sunday in a separate raid. Turkey started its sorties into northern Iraq on Sunday, executing a separate aerial raid. Following the bombing, Turkish Particular Forces additionally performed a floor assault in opposition to “terrorist” hideouts. Ankara mentioned the operation is a response to escalated assaults on Turkish military bases.

The Iraqi navy instantly issued a press release “deploring the penetration of Iraqi airspace by the Turkish planes” which went as deep as 193km inside Iraqi territory.

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Turkey launches navy operation in opposition to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq

Turkey usually assaults PKK forces, each in its personal southeastern area and in northern Iraq, the place the group is based totally. A ceasefire between the 2 broke in 2015 and Turkey has been organizing cross-border operations into Syria, the place Kurds additionally dwell.

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