Reports indicate that Turkey deployed 130 soldiers near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq on Friday, allegedly to help Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in their battle with ISIL.
Iraqi parliamentarian Hakim al-Zamili, head of the committee on security and defense said in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that Baghdad could retaliate for the breach of sovereignty by asking Moscow for military help.
On Saturday, Baghdad described the move as “a serious violation of Iraqi sovereignty,” since it had not been authorized by Iraqi authorities.
“We may soon ask Russia for direct military intervention in Iraq in response to the Turkish invasion and the violation of Iraqi sovereignty,” Iraqi lawmaker al-Zamili said.
Earlier, Hakim al-Zamili threatened Turkey with a military operation if the Turkish soldiers do not leave Iraq immediately.
The parliamentarian reiterated that Turkey sent troops into Iraqi territory without notifying the government.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi urged Ankara to immediately pull out its forces, including tanks and artillery, from the Nineveh province. Iraqi President Fuad Masum referred to the incident as a violation of international law and urged Ankara to refrain from similar activities in the future, al-Sumaria TV Channel reported.
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