Turkey to pull out forces from Iraq: Envoy

Does this add more validity to Erdogan's agreeing to Syrian soverignty
Does this add more validity to Erdogan’s agreeing to Syrian sovereignty?

… from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: This is another surprise turn of the worm for Turkey, dovetailing into its signing on with the Russian and Iranian tripartite agreement, where one of its planks was to respect the sovereignty of Syria. Whether this is real or a ploy, only time will tell; but if Turkey were to renege on this, it would hurt relations with both Iran and Russia.

Erdogan is caught between the long term economic benefits with Iran and Russia, versus his hard-line Islamist supporters, who being Sunnis, have been fanning the war against the Shias. The test now is can the leaderships keep the religious extremists in check so the region is not bathed in more blood, and can they focus instead on economic development, which is needed so badly by everyone… Jim W. Dean ]



– First published  …  December 22,  2016

The Turkish Ambassador to Baghdad says his country will withdraw troops from Iraq, claiming that Ankara does not interfere in the domestic affairs of the Arab country.

Faruk Kaymakci made the remarks in a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Thursday, Iraq’s al-Sumaria news network reported.

Ankara respects the Iraqi sovereignty and will soon pull out its troops from Iraq, Kaymakci said, highlighting Turkey’s readiness to help Iraq battle terrorism.

Better to have parades than to have wars
Better to have parades than to have wars

Last December, Turkey deployed some 150 soldiers, equipped with heavy weapons and backed by about two dozen tanks, to the Bashiqa military camp on the outskirts of Mosul, where a major operation in underway by Iraqi forces to liberate the city from Daesh terrorists.

Ankara claimed the deployment was part of a mission to train and equip Iraqi Kurdish forces in the fight against Daesh.

However, Baghdad has repeatedly asked Ankara to withdraw its forces from the region, describing Turkey’s military presence in Iraq as an infringement of its sovereignty.

Maliki, for his part, called for coordination between the two countries regarding mutual issues.

He also underlined the importance of reinforcing bilateral ties and expressed hope that the relations will advance in line with the interests of the two nations. The two officials further discussed security and political situation and problems facing Iraq and the region.

Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim vowed Turkish troops’ withdrawal from Iraq as soon as Mosul is recaptured from Daesh.

The Turkish premier made the pledge in a phone conversation with his Iraqi counterpart, Haider al-Abadi, according to a statement released by Abadi’s office.

Late last month, the Arab League denounced Turkey’s interference in the affairs of Iraq and Syria, stressing that the Turkish government’s support for terrorists has now backfired.


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  1. Wake up Sunni and Shia out there, you are being manipulated and mind-controlled. Just study what happened within major fractions of Christianity and for what goal and you’ll get the picture. Look for the real stabilizers and not for those that preach war.

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