Posted on October 7, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Politics, Politics
Jabbar Yawar , the secretary general of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs of Kurdistan. Photo: Yawar’s facebook
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Jabbar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, confirmed that the Kurdistan Region did not give approval to the Turkish troops to enter into Iraq, adding that “giving approval is by the authority of the central government in Baghdad only.”
He said in a televised statement on Wednesday that the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq goes back to 20 years ago, not today, where they entered in 1986, during fighting between the parties of the Kurdistan region, where the former regime allowed the entry of Turkish troops till 20 kilometers, and this presence continued to this day. National Iraqi News reported.
He said that the Turkish parliament has the right to give approval of the exit of Turkish troops outside its territory to fight terrorism, but with the approval of other nations.”
Turkey’s deputy prime minister said Wednesday that Turkish troops deployed to northern Iraq in 2015 entered the country to train local fighters at the request of Massoud Barzani, .
Meanwhile the Kurdistan Regional Government Spokesperson, Safeen Dizayee, said in a statement published by KRG website that the “Following the attacks by the Islamic State terrorist organisation, ISS, in Iraq and Kurdistan Region in 2014, several countries provided military training and assistance to the forces of Kurdistan Region and Iraq.”
“In this context and with the knowledge and approval of the Iraqi Minister of Defence and the federal government in Baghdad two military training bases were opened in Dubardan and Bashiqah near the City of Mosul, in order to train Nineveh Governorate police forces and volunteers. The Kurdistan Regional Government has provided the necessary facilities for this operation.” the statement said.
Dizayee said “As part of this process, The Turkish military experts offered military training for the police forces and volunteers at these two bases. The Iraqi Minister of Defence visited the two camps and the Turkish forces. A part from this, the Kurdistan Region Presidency and the Kurdistan Regional Government are not aware of any other plans.”
Turkey’s parliament voted on October 1, to extend the deployment of an estimated 2,000 troops across northern Iraq.
The Iraqi parliament, in a majority vote on Tuesday, rejected the extension of the mandate of Turkish troops in Iraq and called for a review of relations with Turkey.
Iraq condemned the vote, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned Turkey risked triggering aregional war. On Wednesday, Ankara and Baghdad summoned the other’s ambassadors in protest at remarks from the other’s camp.
Iraq on Tuesday has requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss Turkey’s military presence on its soil, state television said on Thursday, as a dispute with Ankara over the troops escalated.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday that Iraq’s reaction to Turkey’s military presence at the Bashiqa army base north of Mosul is “incomprehensible” and the soldiers will remain there to ensure the region’s demographics do not change,
There are 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 and 25 tanks in December 2015 to bolster its military presence in the Bashiqa camp, an area that has seen recent fighting.
Iraqi leaders said in December 2015 that hundreds of Turkish troops had arrived without their knowledge or approval, calling it a violation of its sovereignty.
The Turkish troops are still present in Nineveh province, based at Camp Bashiq, 70 kilometres west of Iraqi Kurdistan capital of Erbil.
Baghdad condemned the move, saying Turkey was not authorized to deploy combat personnel and demanded an immediate withdrawal. Ankara refused, defending the presence as necessary to protect its base, where Turkish troops are allegedly training Sunni Arab Hashd al-Watani militiamen to combat IS.