Posted on July 20, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Military, Politics, Politics
A Turkish soldier. Photo: AFP
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— The independent Awene weekly in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region has reported that there are 18 military and intelligence bases in Dohuk province in the Iraqi autonomous region of Kurdistan.
According to the report a source in Turkey has told the daily that there are 18 military and intelligence bases in Iraqi Kurdistan that belong to Turkish army and the intelligence organization of MIT in Duhok and Badinan regions in the Kurdish region.
The report has added that there are at least 500 Turkish soldiers and officers with advanced heavy arms and ammunitions and spy tools in the 18 bases and they are busy conducting intelligence and military operations.
The report also reiterated that Peshmerga Secretary General, Jabbar Yawar, has refused to give any explanations about the bases and who has allowed the establishment of the bases and has reiterated that the force do not have any corporation with Peshmerga ministry.
The presence of the bases has erupted demonstrations and protests by many parliament deputies who have asked for sacking the forces from Kurdistan Region.
There are reportedly 800 Turkish troops deployed in the Mosul and Shaqlawa regions, the move that sparked a crisis between Ankara and Baghdad. Turkey sent a contingent of an additional 150 forces in December 2015 to bolster its military presence in the Bashiqa camp, an area that has seen recent fighting.
Last January Iraqi FM has called on US, France and UK to pressure Turkey to withdraw its military forces from Iraq’s territory.
On December 14, 2015, Turkey withdrew some troops, moving them to another base inside Kurdistan Region in Iraq’s north, but Baghdad said they should pull out completely.
Iraq has taken its criticism of the deployment to the U.N. Security Council, which met on the issue last December. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari asked the body to adopt a resolution demanding Turkey withdraw its troops immediately.