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'Act of Occupation': Deployment of Turkish Troops to Iraq 'Endorsed by US'

© AFP 2021 / MEHDI FEDOUACHA large convoy of Turkish military including tanks and ambulances rolls from the southeastern part of Turkey toward the Iraqi border. file photo
A large convoy of Turkish military including tanks and ambulances rolls  from the southeastern part of Turkey toward the Iraqi border. file photo - Sputnik International
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The deployment of approximately one thousand Turkish troops in Iraq doesn't just represent an unlawful occupation, but one which is being actively endorsed by the United States, according to Oleg Glazunov of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.

Turkish commando troops patrol on a road in the southeastern province of Sirnak at the Turkish-Iraqi border (File) - Sputnik International
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In an interview with Sputnik, Oleg Glazunov of the Moscow-based Plekhanov Russian University of Economics suggested that Washington could be behind Turkey's decision to send its troops to Iraq, in a move that Glazunov slammed as an act of occupation.

The interview came after Turkey deployed hundreds of personnel to a camp in northern Iraq's Bashiqa region, located near the city of Mosul, currently controlled by Daesh, (ISIL/ISIS). Ankara has called it a routine rotation to train Iraqis to retake Mosul.

"I would consider it an occupation which comes amid the re-division of the world. No doubt, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to turn his country into a new Ottoman Empire," Glazunov said.

He added that "in the eyes of the Turkish political elite, this Iraqi territory remains an essential part of Turkey, which was cut off from Istanbul in the 1920s when the Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I."

"Turkey is interested in annexing the northern territories of Iraq and Syria. However, Erdogan certainly got the go-ahead from Washington before ordering the troop deployment to the area," Glazunov pointed out.

He also said that Turkey is unlikely to take part in a ground operation in this region and that Turkish troops will be supported by Kurds who have been fighting for the past fifty years in northern Iraq.

"Most likely, these Turkish troops have been deployed to strengthen morale," Glazunov said.

He added that the Iraqi government has a legal right to respond to the invasion, but that Baghdad is unlikely to retaliate because of possible consequences.

"How can they respond? They are only fighting Daesh thanks to Iran's support and this alone helps them to contain the terrorists' offensive," Glazunov said, adding that he does not rule out a "hidden conflict" between Turkish and Iranian forces.

Iraqi security forces stand guard while released Turkish workers arrive at the Turkish Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 - Sputnik International
Iraqi Forces on Standby to Take Action if Turkey Refuses to Withdraw Troops
On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi gave Turkey 24 hours to withdraw its troops from Iraq to avoid the matter being reviewed by the UN Security Council. Turkey has refused to do so.

Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces, for their part, have pledged to take appropriate measures against Turkish forces if Ankara does not pull its troops out of the country by the deadline set out by the Iraqi government.

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