Friday, December 11, 2015

Iran-backed Shi'ite militias threaten Turkey over incursion into Iraq

An Iraqi Shi'ite militia man patrols a town in Iraq's main oil region (Picture source: uk business insider

We reported last week, during our series of posts exposing the involvement of Turkish President Recep Erdogan and other members of his family in illegal oil trades with terror group ISIS and of facilitating the supply of arms and ammunition from the USA, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ISIS guerilla forces using Turkey as a conduit, that Turkish troops had invaded northern Iraq.

It is not news of course that the Turkey, under the Sunni Muslim Erdogan regime, has been conducting a genocide against Kurdish ethnicity for many years. That the Kurds, up until the recent intervention of Russia, were the most effective force opposing Islamic State. In addition to violating international law by helping fund and arm terrorists, Turkey is then guilty of an incursion into another state's sovereign territory in violation of international law and United Nations treaty and of committing an act of war in shooting down a Russian aircraft that had not violated Turkish air space.

In spite of all that, backed by NATO which seems to intensify its push for war every week, Turkey has kept its troops in Iraqi Kurds territory.

Fed up of Turkey's war crimes and the approval of its NATO allies for these constant violations of international law, Iraqi Shi'ite paramilitary groups with ties to Iran have threatened to use force against Turkey we learned via REUTERS on Wednesday, unless Turkish troops are withdrawn from Iraqi territory. The Turks had previously been given a 48-hour deadline by the government, but that expired without any movement.

Citing kurdish violations of its borders Turkey deployed a contingent of troops to a camp near the frontline in northern Iraq, provoking an outcry in Baghdad, which condemned it as a violation of sovereignty and asked NATO to intervene. Turkey of course is the current leading player in NATO's proxy war against Russia through Russian ally Assdad in Syria.

The area north of Mosul where the Turkish troops are stationed is under the control of Kurdish forces and Shi'ite militias currently have no presence there, which would make it difficult for them to follow through on the threats. However sources close to the Turkish government have leaked information about Erdogan planning to annex a slice of Iraqi territory including the oil region around Mosul.

The situation puts additional pressure on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is already under fire from the same Shi'ite factions over an announcement that the United States will send a new special operations force to conduct raids in Iraq.

Badr Brigade spokesman Karim al-Nuri compared the Turkish incursion to the occupation of Iraq by Islamic State militants and said "all options" were available.

"We have the right to respond and we do not exclude any type of response until the Turks have learned their lesson," Nuri said. "Do they have a dream of restoring Ottoman greatness? This is a great delusion and they will pay dearly because of Turkish arrogance."

Ankara says the troops are there as part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State and will not withdraw them, although it said on Tuesday it would send no more. Baghdad says it never invited such a force.

Read the original report on Reuters

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