Iraq Demands Complete Turkish Withdrawal: Monday’s Pull out Not Enough
The Iraqi government on Tuesday stuck to its demand of complete Turkish withdrawal from its territory, stressing that Ankara’s partial pullout the previous day was not enough.
Turkey deployed soldiers and tanks to a military camp in northern Iraq earlier this month, a move which Baghdad condemned as an illegal incursion.
Turkish and Iraqi officials said Turkish forces and equipment were withdrawn from the camp early on Monday, but the trainers apparently remained, and Ankara has other military sites within northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
The cabinet “renewed its firm position on the necessity of a response from neighboring Turkey to the Iraqi demand for a complete withdrawal from Iraqi territory and respect for its national sovereignty,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said in a statement.