Iraq summoned Turkey’s envoy in Baghdad to protest the go to by its defence chief to a navy base in northern Iraq as Turkish troops proceed a cross-border offensive towards Kurdish fighters there.
The Iraqi international ministry stated in an announcement on Monday it handed the Turkish cost d’affaires “a protest note” 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 General Staff General Yasar Guler and Turkish Land Forces Commander Umit Dundar – to oversee navy operations towards the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) armed group.
According to the assertion quoted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu information company, the Turkish diplomat was instructed Baghdad “categorically rejects the continuing violations of Iraqi sovereignty … by the Turkish military forces”.
Baghdad has protested Turkey’s navy operations on its soil numerous instances prior to now.
According to Anadolu, Turkey instructed Iraq that its cross-border operations and bases should not a violation of Iraqi sovereignty however an effort to eradicate the insurgent group. Turkey additionally confused 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 revolt towards the Turkish state.
The Turkish military frequently conducts cross-border incursions and air assaults towards PKK bases in northern Iraq.
Two weeks in the past, the Turkish navy launched new operations towards the PKK within the Kurdish autonomous area in northern Iraq. The Metina space, near the border, is the main target of Operation Claw-Thunderbolt and Operation Claw-Lightning.
In February, Turkey introduced that the PKK had executed 13 captives – together with Turkish navy and police personnel – throughout operations in northern Iraq the place the group was holding them.
The PKK has waged an armed revolt towards the Turkish state since 1984 that has killed an estimated 40,000 individuals from either side.
In the final two years, Turkey’s battle towards the PKK has more and more centered on northern Iraq, the place the group has its stronghold within the Qandil mountains on the Iranian border.