Turkey’s Erdogan tells Iraqi leader to ‘know his place’

Turkey’s Erdogan tells Iraqi leader to ‘know his place’

Baghdad complained about the December 4 deployment of troops to the site near Mosul, calling it a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and insisting that Turkish forces be withdrawn.”It seems that Turkey is not serious about solving the problem with Iraq”, Hadithi said.Ankara has maintained that it is there to train Sunni fighters opposed to the Islamic State as well as Kurdish peshmerga fighters.”The loss of direct road access to cross-border smuggling routes into Turkey severely restricts the group’s ability to recruit new fighters from overseas, while the Iraqi government is poised to launch its offensive on Mosul”, he said. Iraq has demanded a Turkish withdrawal, but Ankara has repeatedly ignored the call.The fight against terrorists in Mosul, Iraq, will involve Turkey’s military, that country’s leader said Tuesday.”Turkey can not intervene against the threats right next to it?”Speaking at the 9th Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he will support coalition forces in trying to stamp out Islamic State insurgents in the contested city – despite a string of recent criticisms by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. “You screaming and shouting is of no importance to us”. “We will go our own way”.Abadi has warned Turkey that it risked triggering a “regional war” by keeping troops in Iraqi territory.”You are not my equivalent, you are not of the same quality as me”, Erdogan continued.USA military leaders refuse to provide details or timelines for the start of the Mosul campaign, but they do discuss ongoing operations to prepare for the battle.In Syria, the US-led coalition is bombing Isil strongholds in the north and east, while Syrian and Kurdish rebels, and separately Turkish troops, attack them on the ground. An operation is expected in the coming weeks.The Turkish army, its senior ranks purged following a failed military attempt to overthrow Erdogan in July, launched an incursion into Syria in August to push back Islamic State and prevent USA -backed Kurdish militia fighters from seizing territory. “This is our warning”, Yildirim said. Turkish is anxious that once Mosul is liberated from IS, Kurds or Shiite groups may take Mosul over and push out Sunni Arabs or ethnic Turkmens.

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