URGENT: Sadr Movement Warns of Iraq’s Crushing Response to Turkish Aggression
“If the Turkish forces don’t withdraw from Iraq, the Islamic resistance will target them with new and advanced technics,” Safa al-Tamimi told FNA on Thursday.
Noting that the Sadr movement assumes any foreign force in Iraq as a legitimate target for the Islamic resistance’s attacks since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, he said that the Sadr movement’s resistance against aggression takes place in several phases, including political negotiations, issuing ultimatum and confrontation.
“If the Turkish government doesn’t withdraw its forces, Iraq will show a more serious reaction,” Tamimi warned.
Turkey deployed hundreds of personnel to a camp in Northern Iraq’s Bashiqa region, located near the city of Mosul, currently controlled by the ISIL. Ankara has called it a routine rotation to train Iraqis to retake Mosul.
On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi gave Turkey 24 hours to withdraw its troops from Iraq to avoid the matter being reviewed by the UN Security Council. Turkey has refused to do so.
Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, for their part, have pledged to attack Turkish forces if Ankara does not pull its troops out of the country by the deadline set out by the Iraqi government.