On Friday Turkish military personnel entered Iraq to reach a training camp in Ninevah’s province, near the city of Mosul. Without Iraqi government’s permission Turkish troops settled in the North, and are now being asked by Baghdad to leave the country.
On Monday Iraqi government gave an ultimatum to Turkey to leave the country within 48 hours. If Turkey will not comply with the injunction, Iraq is ready to take serious measures.
“In case we have not received any positive signs before the deadline we set for the Turkish side, then we maintain our legal right to file a complaint to the [UN] security council to stop this serious violation to Iraqi sovereignty,” said Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi.
Turkey’s official explanation for being in Iraq is to fight against ISIL, while its interest in defeating the Kurdish forces is well known. Both Russia and Iran gave evidences of Turkish interests in illegal oil trade with Daesh. Iran’s Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezai reported that “Iranian military advisors in Syria have taken photos and filmed all the routes used by ISIL’s oil tankers to Turkey,”
A UN source reported to RIA Novosti that Russia urged the UN Security Council to discuss about Turkish troops’ presence in Iraq. The source added that “the question will be discussed in a closed session within the framework of ‘other questions.'”
Isabella MILAN ALBERTIN