Iraq summoned Turkey’s envoy in Baghdad to protest the go to by its defence chief to a army base in northern Iraq as Turkish troops proceed a cross-border offensive in opposition to Kurdish fighters there.
The Iraqi overseas ministry stated in an announcement on Monday it handed the Turkish cost d’affaires “a protest be aware” over “violations of Iraqi sovereignty” by defence minister Hulusi Akar’s journey to the Turkish facility.
Akar visited the Turkish base in northern Iraq on Saturday – accompanied by Chief of the Normal Employees Normal Yasar Guler and Turkish Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar – to oversee army operations in opposition to the Kurdistan Employees’ Celebration (PKK) armed group.
In keeping with the assertion quoted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu information company, the Turkish diplomat was informed Baghdad “categorically rejects the persevering with violations of Iraqi sovereignty … by the Turkish army forces”.
Baghdad has protested Turkey’s army operations on its soil varied occasions prior to now.
In keeping with Anadolu, Turkey informed Iraq that its cross-border operations and bases usually are not a violation of Iraqi sovereignty however an effort to eradicate the insurgent group. Turkey additionally burdened its respect for Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The PKK, listed as a “terrorist group” by Ankara and far of the worldwide neighborhood, has been utilizing Iraq’s northern mountains as a springboard in its decades-long insurrection in opposition to the Turkish state.
The Turkish military frequently conducts cross-border incursions and air assaults in opposition to PKK bases in northern Iraq.
Two weeks in the past, the Turkish army launched new operations in opposition to the PKK within the Kurdish autonomous area in northern Iraq. The Metina space, near the border, is the main focus of Operation Claw-Thunderbolt and Operation Claw-Lightning.
In February, Turkey introduced that the PKK had executed 13 captives – together with Turkish army and police personnel – throughout operations in northern Iraq the place the group was holding them.
The PKK has waged an armed insurrection in opposition to the Turkish state since 1984 that has killed an estimated 40,000 folks from each side.
Within the final two years, Turkey’s battle in opposition to the PKK has more and more targeted on northern Iraq, the place the group has its stronghold within the Qandil mountains on the Iranian border.