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Iraq appeals to UN Safety Council to push for Turkish troop withdrawal

Posted December 12, 2015 17:09:52

Iraq has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to demand an instant and unconditional withdrawal of all Turkish troops from its north, calling the military incursion a “flagrant violation” of international law.

“We contact on the Security Council to demand that Turkey withdraw its forces quickly … and not to violate Iraqi sovereignty once more,” Iraqi ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim stated in a letter to US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Energy, president of the Security Council this month.

“This is regarded as a flagrant violation of the principles of the UN Charter, and a violation of Iraqi territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state of Iraq,” the letter mentioned, according to an unofficial translation of the Arabic original.

The letter was sent after Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi instructed his foreign ministry to lodge a formal complaint at the United Nations.

One diplomat on the 15-nation Safety Council stated on situation of anonymity that there had been no instant plans to convene a particular meeting over the weekend in response to the Iraqi letter.

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Friday that he would not bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw Turkish troops from a camp close to the Islamic State militants-held city of Mosul.

Mr Alhakim created clear that bilateral diplomacy had failed so far to finish the dispute in between the two neighbours.

“Iraq worked on containment of this situation by diplomatic signifies and bilateral talks, but these efforts did not succeed in convincing Turkey to withdraw its occupying forces from Iraqi territory,” Mr Alhakim wrote in the letter to Ms Power, noting that the Turkish incursion was an “aggressive act”.

“Help with military training and sophisticated technologies and weapons to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist entity should be primarily based upon bilateral and multilateral agreements and in full respect of the national sovereignty and Iraqi constitution, and in coordination with the Iraqi armed forces.”

The dispute more than the deployment has soured relations amongst Ankara and Baghdad, which denies getting agreed to it.

Ankara has said the troops were sent as component of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight IS, which has seized massive components of Syria and Iraq.

The Turkish military is helping to train neighborhood Iraqi volunteers and Kurdish Peshmerga who are preparing for a lengthy-anticipated offensive to retake Mosul, a major northern city seized by IS far more than a year ago.

Turkish tank on Syrian border Photo: Turkey has deployed hundreds of soldiers and a quantity of tanks to northern Iraq without having Baghdad’s permission. (Reuters, file photo)


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Turkey to keep troops in Iraq in spite of Baghdad’s protests

Posted December 08, 2015 06:18:40

Turkey says it will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a base in northern Iraq regardless of being ordered by Baghdad to pull them out within 48 hours.

Essential points

  • Turkey will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers deployed to northern Iraq without having permission
  • Iraq says it will take case to UN Safety Council if troops were not withdrawn
  • Turkish presence a key embarrassment for Iraq’s prime minister
  • Turkey claims its troops are on a coaching mission

The sudden arrival of such a massive and heavily armed Turkish contingent in a camp close to the frontline in northern Iraq has added yet an additional controversial deployment to a war against Islamic State (IS) fighters that has drawn in most of the world’s significant powers.

Ankara mentioned the troops have been there as element of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight against IS.

The Iraqi government said it never invited such a force, and would take its case to the United Nations if they had been not pulled out.

Washington, which is major an international coalition against Islamic State that contains Turkey, Arab states and European powers like Britain and France, has told Ankara and Baghdad to resolve the standoff, and says it does not support deployments in Iraq without Baghdad’s consent.

The Turkish troops’ presence is an embarrassment for Iraqi prime minister Haidar Abadi, below sturdy stress from effective Iran-backed Shiite political groups to kick them out.

Shiite parties linked to militia groups armed and funded by Iran have also complained about US plans to station particular forces in Iraq to conduct raids and guide bombs against Islamic State.

Political stress on Mr Abadi could make these plans far more difficult to carry out.

Turkey claims presence ‘not a secret’

The troops arrived on Thursday with tanks and armoured personnel carriers at a camp in territory held by Iraqi Kurds near the Islamic State-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Ankara mentioned they were there to aid shield a training mission close to the front line.

“It is our duty to supply security for our soldiers supplying education there,” Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview on Turkey’s Kanal 24 television.

“Everyone is present in Iraq … The purpose of all of them is clear. Train-and-equip advisory support is becoming supplied. Our presence there is not a secret,” he added.

Mr Abadi has known as the Turkish deployment a violation of Iraqi sovereignty.

Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi stated Iraq was nevertheless waiting for Turkey to respond officially.

“In case we have not received any good signs ahead of the deadline we set for the Turkish side, then we keep our legal appropriate to file a complaint to the Security Council to quit this significant violation to Iraqi sovereignty,” he said.

A senior Turkish official stated Baghdad’s objections had come as a surprise: “There was no single improvement … that happened without having informing the central government.”

“The military personnel for training will keep. Not due to the fact we want them [there] especially, but since there is a demand from the Iraqi side,” the official added.

“The discussion with the central government nevertheless continues.”

He stated the total quantity of Turkish troops across Iraq was a lot significantly less than 1,000 soldiers, with some getting arrived from Turkey and other folks sent to the base from other parts of Iraq.

Islamic State militants overran Mosul, Iraq’s principal northern city and residence to around two million folks, in June 2014. An anticipated counter-offensive by Iraqi forces has been repeatedly postponed because they are involved in fighting elsewhere.


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Iraq calls on Turkey to ‘immediately’ withdraw troops sent more than the border

Posted December 05, 2015 19:48:32

The Iraqi government has demanded Turkey withdraw soldiers it sent over the border to an region in the country’s north controlled by Islamic State militants.

Turkish media reported that around 150 Turkish soldiers backed by 20 to 25 tanks had been sent by road to the Bashiqa region north-east of Mosul, the city that is the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group’s main hub in Iraq.

Peshmerga forces from Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish area are deployed in the location, and Turkey’s Anatolia news agency said the troops have been there to train them.

The Iraqi premier’s workplace named on Ankara to “right away” withdraw the troops and tanks, saying they had been deployed without Baghdad’s consent.

“The Iraqi authorities call on Turkey to … right away withdraw from Iraqi territory,” the statement mentioned.

“We have confirmation that Turkish forces, numbering about one particular armoured regiment with a quantity of tanks and artillery, entered Iraqi territory … allegedly to train Iraqi groups, without having a request or authorisation from Iraqi federal authorities.”

The deployment “is deemed a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty.”

IS overran swathes of territory north and west of Baghdad last year, and Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes are battling to drive the jihadists back.

The Peshmerga are 1 of the most successful Iraqi forces in the anti-IS fight, but coordination in between them and the federal government in Baghdad has normally been poor.


Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war, planet-politics, foreign-affairs, government-and-politics, iraq, turkey

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Men should remain in Syria, Iraq to fight Islamic State: Liberal backbencher

Posted December 01, 2015 14:01:31

A former Abbott government frontbencher has criticised male asylum seekers who seek refuge overseas instead of fighting for their homeland.

Liberal backbencher Bob Baldwin told Parliament last evening that it was “a bit wealthy” to expect coalition soldiers to fight in nations such as Syria and Iraq when appropriately aged citizens have been fleeing the violence.

He mentioned he would fight, and anticipate his sons to take up arms, if Australia came beneath attack.

“What I have noticed, as have several of my constituents, is that a huge quantity of the refugees fleeing Syria, Iraq and other war-torn nations seem to be predominantly males amongst 18 and 45,” he said.

“Why are they not staying and instruction to defend their land, their way of life and their rights?… It is a bit rich to expect other folks from foreign countries to lay down their lives for you if you are not prepared to stand and fight.”

Mr Baldwin spoke in support of the Government’s legislation to strip dual nationals of their Australian citizenship if convicted of a terror offence.

“If you do not like Australia and all it has to provide, then do not come, do not keep, go back to where you came from,” he stated.

Mr Baldwin stated he was proud to speak on the bill, stating there was “no room in the globe for Daesh [another name for Islamic State] death cults”.

The bill passed the Reduced Home overnight and is scheduled for debate in the Senate this evening.

Mr Baldwin also expressed concerns more than the vetting of refugees, which Immigration Minister Peter Dutton addressed in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Dutton stated that the 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to be resettled in Australia would be topic to “the most rigorous criteria”.

“We are applying biometric and fingerprint testing,” he stated.

“We can be assured that people who are applying below that plan are indeed those who are most in need to have.

“If we discover an applicant where we have a suspicion about the person’s motivation or background or affiliations, that particular person will not proceed into this plan, they will not be coming to this nation.”

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