Iraqi Foreign Ministry rejected claims by Erdogan that Ankara will participate in the Mosul liberation operation. (AW).
Iraqi foreign ministry rejected claims by the Turkish President that Ankara will participate in the Mosul liberation operation.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Sunday that his country will take part in the operation saying Ankara “cannot be left off the table."
"Turkey cannot be left off the table. The others don’t have such a border [with Iraq]. They may want us to stay as spectators but that decision is also going to be made here,” the Turkish president said.
The Iraqi foreign ministry rejected the remarks as flagrant interference in Iraq’s internal affairs and a breach of principles of good neighborliness.
"Such a statement strains the bilateral ties,” the spokesman said referring to Erdogan’s comments.
Iraqi army is preparing for an “imminent” operation to liberate Mosul from ISIS control.
The second largest city of Iraq fell to ISIS domination in 2014 and is regarded as the terrorist group’s headquarters in the country.
Iraq's ministry spokesman also highlighted that Turkey has ignored Baghdad’s calls for the withdrawal of Turkish forces already deployed on Iraqi soil.
Ankara, in December 2015, first deployed about 150 soldiers equipped with heavy weapons and backed by two dozen tanks to Bashiqa, located on the outskirts of Mosul. It claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train and equip Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the fight against ISIS. Baghdad rejected the claim, saying it did not need the Turkish military assistance in the fight. Hmmmm....Neo Ottoman invader Turkey dropping finally it's mask.
The resolution to deploy #Turkey troops in Syria & Iraq doesn't mention #ISIL #AlQaeda, but rather says threats posed by all terror groups— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) October 1, 2016