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    Iraqis Fear US Backs Turkish Land Grab in Mosul Region

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    Iraqi parliamentarians worry the US government has given Turkey a free hand to grab territory in the country’s oil-rich Mosul region, experts told Sputnik.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee recently called on Prime Minister Haider Abadi to reassess and, if necessary, cancel the country’s security treaty with the United States following Turkish occupation of Iraqi territory near Mosul.

    "My impression is that the Iraqi government has observed that the Russians are more effective in combatting ISIS [Islamic State] than the United States," University of Louvain Professor Jean Bricmont in Belgium, author of "Humanitarian Imperialism," told Sputnik.

    Iraqi politicians recognize that Turkey continues to be favored by Washington as a major military ally in the Middle East, and Ankara also remains a member in good standing of the US-led NATO alliance despite its aggression toward Iraq, Bricmont pointed out.

    "The Iraqis can see that NATO is supporting Turkey, and the latter is invading part of Iraq. Certainly this cannot happen without US approval."

    Genuine concern about Washington’s long-term policies toward Iraq was growing among policymakers in Baghdad and the parliamentary committee’s statement was an expression of this, Bricmont explained.

    "I don't know what is going on in the minds of the members of the Iraqi government, but I don't see why that would only be pure posturing."

    However, the United States would allow Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi to escape from his security obligations to Washington, University of Illinois Professor of International Law Francis Boyle told Sputnik.

    "Abadi is a US puppet. Obama put him in power and keeps him in power. Nothing more than the Mayor of Baghdad," Boyle said.

    Bricmont added that Turkey’s and Saudi Arabia’s support for the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, and the continued US support for Ankara and Riyadh was driving all forces in the Middle East to look to Russia for protection.

    "Turkey’s support for the Islamic State and the recent events in the region are a game changer, since all the forces that are opposed to ISIS — Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon — see that their only real ally is Russia."

    The Iraq-US Strategic Framework Agreement of 2008 contains a provision that allows either party to terminate it at one year's notice.

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