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Sunday, 20 December 2015 03:29

US, Turkish forces violate Iraq’s territorial integrity

US, Turkish forces violate Iraq’s territorial integrity

The deadly airstrike of US army jetfighters against the positions of the Iraqi army forces in northern Iraq mounted the protests of the Iraqi officials. Meanwhile, Head of the Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee, Hakem al-Zameli, has denounced the Friday air raids of US warplanes against the positions of Iraqi army in Al-Anbar Province, while dismissing as baseless the claims of the US officials that these air raids had taken place mistakenly and that the US had no intention of attacking the Iraqi army positions.

 

This senior Iraqi official has pointed out that the US forces were informed of the exact location of the positions of the Iraqi forces. He underscored that the Iraqi government and Defense Ministry maintain a number of documents which prove the US has on a number of occasions delivered weapons, food, and fuel for terrorist outfits, which are operating in Iraq.

Throughout the Friday air raids of the US forces against Al-Anbar Province, at least ten Iraqi troopers, including a senior Iraqi officer, were killed and scores of others sustained injuries. The US Defense Department has issued a statement, confirming the attacks of US warplanes against the positions of Iraqi forces, while claiming that these air raids had taken place accidently and mistakenly.

The US officials have made these baseless claims, while the Iraqi Defense Minister, Khaled al-Obeidi, has said that  these airstrikes had taken place against the positions of Iraqi army forces while the Iraqi troops and the so-called US-led Coalition forces have precisely coordinated their operations.

This high-ranking Iraqi official slammed these brazen attacks against the Iraqi army forces, while reminding that a probe has been launched into the airstrikes of US forces against the Iraqi troops’ positions, and the Iraqi government puts emphasis on this investigation.

Many of the Iraqi figures have strongly condemned the attacks of US forces against the Iraqi army positions.

The US troopers have attacked the positions of Iraqi troops, while as of two weeks ago, the Turkish forces, in a provocative move, have infiltrated into Iraqi soil and have been stationed in the vicinity of the Iraqi city of Mosul. Despite the warnings of Iraq, and presentation of Iraq’s letter of complaint to UN Security Council, Turkish officials have said they have no intention of withdrawing Turkish forces from northern Iraq, under the pretext of presence of terrorist outfits in this region.

The incursions of the US and Turkish forces against the positions of Iraqi forces and territorial integrity of Iraq take place while senior Iraqi officials have repeatedly said that Iraq only needs weapons to counter terrorist groups, and is in no need of presence of foreign forces in Iraq to fend off the terrorist groups, which are supported by some of the Western and regional states.

MR/ME

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