Iraq against bombing of PKK positions by Turkish air force
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is against the military operations carried out by Turkish air force in his country's north, said the statement from Iraqi Cabinet of Ministers July 29.
Iraq and Turkey are brotherly countries, but Turkey should respect Iraq's sovereignty, according to the statement.
Turkish air force started large-scale operations July 25 in Iraq's north where the PKK camps as located.
Turkish Parliament adopted the so-called Syrian mandate in 2012. Under this mandate, Ankara is empowered to take any measures against terror and other threats against the country, repulse the threat that can come from terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, protect the country's interests before and after the crisis, as well as, in the case of necessity, to involve the army in the military operations in other countries (Syria and Iraq).
The mandate envisages the possibility of presence of foreign troops on the country's territory and their use at the discretion of the Turkish government when needed.
Edited by SI
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