Iraqi Parliament Summons FM Over Alleged Agreement on Turkish Incursion

Iraq’s Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein is to appear before parliament following reports that the Turkish cross-border military incursion into the Iraqi Kurdistan region against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was conducted in an agreement with Baghdad.     

The head of the Sadrist bloc in the parliament, Hassan Al-Adari called on Fouad to clarify whether Iraq has any agreements with Turkey to allow it to conduct cross-border operations inside Iraqi territories.

“There should be clarification on why Turkey violated our territory’s sovereignty. We want to know if there is any covert agreement between Baghdad and Ankara,” Iraqi News Agency (INA) quoted Al-Adari as saying.

Al-Adari also questioned whether Fouad had filed any complaint about Turkey’s violation with the UN Security Council.  

“It is our right to know if there is an agreement with the Turkish side and the Iraqi government on the military presence inside Iraq,” Al-Adari added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said last week that the central government in Baghdad, and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), support Turkey’s latest ground and air operation against the KKP.

Turkey launched its “Operation Claw Lock” on April 18 with special forces and combat drones used to attack PKK fighters.

Turkish officials said they have killed over 40 PKK fighters and called the operation a success.

The US and the EU have also designated the PKK as a terror outfit, and the group waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. 

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