Turkey blames Iraq of undermining fight against DAESH

Turkey accuses Iraqi government of undermining fight against DAESH, as Iraq moves Turkey’s military deployment in Mosul to UN Security Council

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Photo by: Reuters

Turkey's Ambassador to the United Nations, Yasar Halit Cevik.

Turkey accused Iraq of weakening the global fight against DAESH by carrying out the deployment of Turkish troops in northern Iraq to the United Nations Security Council.

Turkey's UN Ambassador Halit Cevik said that Ankara thought it had taken the sufficient steps necessary to de-escalate the incident, so initiatives could be re-focused on fighting the DAESH terrorist group, who has seized a significant part of Iraq and Syria.

"From the outset, we tried to resolve this matter through bilateral channels. Because taking this issue to various international platforms would serve no other purpose than to undermine the solidarity of the international community against DAESH," Cevik told the UN Security Council.

Adding that Turkey has never had and will never have any interest in violating Iraq's sovereignty.

On this issue, US President Barack Obama urged Turjish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, in a phone call on Friday, the White House announced in a statement.

Obama said it leads to "de-escalate tensions" between Ankara and Baghdad.

The leaders also talked over the fight against DAESH in Syria including the struggles to support the moderate opposition groups in the region, the White House said.

What are Turkish troops doing in Mosul?

The Turkish military deployed approximately 150 soldiers and dispatched 20 tanks to the town of Bashiqa, located in Iraq’s northern province of Mosul, to replace troops that had been in the region for two and a half years, where they had been training Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army units against DAESH since last year.

The mission was initiated with the knowledge of the US-led coalition and is part of a routine military exercise against the DAESH terrorist organisation, according to Turkish security sources.

On this issue, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticised the Iraqi government for asking UN Security Council to become involved in the matter and said, ‘’During a visit to Turkey in 2014, Haider al Abadi asked us to support them by giving military training and upon that a military camp was established in Bashiqa region of Iraq. They know this fact very well. Now I am asking why they have been silent over Turkish troops since that time?’’

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani also clarified that the deployment of Turkish troops to the town of Bashiqa near Mosul was made in line with an agreement between Turkey and Iraq. Barzani said that the Turkish forces arrived in Iraq within the context of a deal to train forces to participate in the Mosul operation against DAESH.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has also written a letter to his Iraqi counterpart, in which he clarifies the activities and the duties of the Turkish Armed Forces deployed in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, emphasising that Ankara has no intention of harming Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Additionally, on Wednesday DAESH carried out a mortar attack on Iraqi security forces near the Turkish military training camp. During the attack, four Turkish soldiers were injured with non-life-threatening wounds.

TRTWorld and agencies