Turkey’s Military Presence in Iraq Unhelpful

Turkey’s Military Presence in Iraq Unhelpful

A senior diplomat described deployment of Turkish forces in northern Iraq as a wrong measure, as it jeopardizes security across the region. Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also said on Sunday such a move by the Turkish government will not only fail to help defeat terrorism but will result in chaos and intensify insecurity in the region, Press TV reported. Amir-Abdollahian said the contribution of other countries to the fight against terrorism requires full coordination with the Iraqi government and getting its permission. “Iran believes that such measures, if conducted without coordination with the Iraqi government, run counter to regional security,” he said. Amir-Abdollahian expressed confidence that all countries will benefit from coordinated efforts to fight terrorism and strengthen regional security. Turkey has deployed 150 soldiers in a camp in Iraq’s Nineveh Province, about 80 km from the border with Iraq, where Ankara has been training forces to help retake the provincial capital of Mosul from Islamic State terrorists. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned the Turkish ambassador to demand Turkey withdraw its troops.


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