02:02 GMT25 January 2021
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    Turkish Troops Deployed to Iraq (83)

    Baghdad should deal with any intruder in the same way it treats Daesh, Iraqi MP Khaled al-Asadi told Radio Sputnik, referring to Ankara's unannounced and unauthorized deployment of troops and military hardware to northern Iraq.

    "Turkey's actions are a serious violation of international law… The Iraqi government swiftly adopted tough measures to stand against Ankara's violations," al-Asadi noted, adding that the UN should review what is happening in the Nineveh province.

    Iraq, according to al-Asadi, has enough capabilities to free its territories, occupied by the extremist group since June 2014. The MP added that anyone, who violates Iraq's sovereignty, has to be treated like Baghdad treats Daesh.

    Numerous reports suggest that on Friday Turkey sent approximately 130 soldiers to norther Iraq. Turkish forces, deployed near the city of Mosul, are allegedly tasked with training Peshmerga, which has been involved in the fight against Daesh, also known as ISIL.

    The move was described by Baghdad as "a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty," since it was not authorized by Iraqi authorities.

    "Iraq is waiting for an explanation from Turkey. Even if the troops were deployed to help and support the forces fighting against Daesh, why was it done without prior coordination with Iraq?" Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman Nasir Nouri told Sputnik.

    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi urged Ankara to immediately pull out its forces, including tanks and artillery, from the Nineveh province. Iraqi President Fuad Masum referred to the incident as a violation of international law and urged Ankara to refrain from similar activities in the future, Alsumaria TV Channel reported.

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