Iraqi resistance forces will give shocking response to Turkish offensives: Lawmaker
A legislator from the Iraqi Fatah (Conquest) political alliance says the country’s anti-terror resistance groups will soon deliver “a shocking response” to the ongoing Turkish military offensives in the country’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region as they constitute a flagrant violation of Baghdad’s sovereignty.
Ali al-Fatlawi told Iraq’s Arabic-language al-Maalomah news agency that the Coordination Framework along with Popular Mobilization Units – better known as Hashad al-Sha’abi – will give a crushing response to Turkey within the next few days.
He said, “the Iraqi government always stands idly by in the face of attacks and violations carried out against Iraq.”
Fatlawi went on to say that Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Mohamed al-Halbousi takes his personal interests into consideration during foreign meetings, as he refused to demand an immediate end to Turkey’s repeated violations of the Iraqi sovereignty and security when he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently.
The Iraqi lawmaker highlighted that Halbousi deliberately made no reference to Turkish attacks on Iraqi territories during last Thursday's special parliamentary session.
Turkey launched a new cross-border incursion into Iraq, codenamed Operation Claw-Lock, in April. The air-and-ground military attacks target suspected PKK positions in the Zab, Basiyan, Avasheen, and Korajiwar districts in the Kurdistan region.
The Iraqi government summoned the Turkish ambassador, Ali Riza Guney, shortly afterwards and handed him a "strongly worded" protest note over the offensive, and called the operation a blatant violation of its sovereignty.
On the other hand, Ankara summoned the Iraqi charge d'affaires and informed him those military operations will continue if Baghdad doesn't take action against PKK members.
More than 40,000 people have been killed during the three-decade conflict between Turkey and the autonomy-seeking militant group.