Mar 22 2018

Iraq warns Turkey against operation on its soil

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has said that his country has rejected the idea of a Turkish cross-border operation into the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, news website MyNet said.

“One night we will suddenly enter Sinjar and we will clean that up as well,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, with reference to the Turkish operation in Afrin against Kurdish fighters based there.

Forces linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been active in the region and mountains of Sinjar ever since they fought back the Islamic State (ISIS) in the area, who had began massacring members of the local Yezidi population.

Jaafari, however, warned Turkey not to move into the area to fight the PKK in Sinjar, which it is currently also fighting domestically.

“We completely reject violations of the Iraqi border by Turkish forces,” he said.

Erdoğan responded by emphasising his commitment to the operation.

“If the Iraqi central administration does not purge the PKK, we will purge them from Sinjar. We have neutralised 38 PKK in Sinjar in the last two days. If this continues we will go further,” he said.