Iraq to Deploy More Troops to Turkey Border

Soldiers sent to prevent more border violations

Repeated cross-border incursions by Turkish forces into northern Iraq, generally under the pretext of attacking Kurds, have sparked a reaction from Iraq’s Abadi government, which has issued multiple orders for more troops to be deployed into the border area to stop such incursions.

The goal of these orders appears to be to prevent ground incursions, though most Turkish raids into Iraqi Kurdistan involve warplanes.Prime Minister Abadi has ordered the foreign ministry to document such incidents and forward them to the UN.

This has been a recurring problem since the 2003 US invasion and occupation of Iraq. The Turkish government has felt itself totally justified to cross into northern Iraq to “fight terror,” and willing to label most any Kurdish group as a terrorist organization.

Turkey hasn’t responded to this latest report of bolstering border security, but in the past they have insisted that no one can stop them from retaining freedom of operation in the region, and particularly in Iraqi and Syrian Kurdistan.

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