Baghdad- Iraq’s President has stressed
that his country would not allow Turkey to
make any military incursions at the northern
region, but voiced concern about a possible
reproduction of the Turkish operation
against Kurdish factions in Syria.
Speaking in an interview with London-based
al-Hayat, Fuad Masum stressed that “after
the withdrawal of the party (Kurdistan
Workers Party- PKK), no foreign force can
come and occupy any part of Iraq.
Masum, however, asked about the possibility
of Turkey copying its operations against
Kurdish factions in Syria’s Afrin to Iraq,
said “We hope they do not take that step”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said
in a speech last month that his country
would, at any time, launch operations in
Iraq’s northern Sinjar region against PKK, a
group designated by Ankara as a terrorist
group for engaging in decades of armed
confrontations with it. He said in a more
recent speech that Turkey would not ask for
permission to start the operations.
Ankara has regularly conducted airstrikes
against PKK locations in northern Iraq.
Turkey has also been carrying out offensives
since January against Kurdish People’s
Protection Units- YPG in Afrin, northwest of
Syria, which it believes are extension of