Iraq Warns Turkey of "Regional War"

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  1. Falcon

    Falcon Lieutenant Colonel Staff Member Social Media Team

    Oct 10, 2015
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    Iraq warns Turkey of 'regional war' if doesn't withdraw troops

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned Turkey that keeping troops in northern Iraq could lead to a "regional war," according to comments broadcast on state TV on Wednesday.

    Abadi, who spoke at news conference Tuesday evening, was reacting to the Turkish parliament's decision last week to extend a mandate that allows military operations against terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria for another year.

    "We have asked more than once the Turkish side not to intervene in Iraqi matters and I fear that the Turkish adventure could turn into a regional war," Abadi said.

    "The Turkish leadership's behavior is not acceptable and we don’t want to get into a military confrontation with Turkey."

    The Iraqi parliament also voted on Tuesday a text that condemns the Turkish parliament's decision.

    Turkey says it deployed troops at a base in northern Iraq late last year as part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight against Islamic State which controls vast territory south of the border region, around the city of Mosul, and also in neighboring Syria.

    The Iraqi government says it never invited such a force and considers the Turkish troops as occupiers.

    Iraq has no control over Northern Iraq and they benefit from the training the Turks are giving to anti-ISIL forces. Turkey wants to participate in the effort to retake Mosul from ISIL, this is probably bothering Iran and probably even the US hence this comment as we all know the Iraqi government is up for sale.
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  2. T-123456

    T-123456 Captain Staff Member International Mod

    Oct 8, 2015
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    I guess we will have to leave Northern Iraq.;)