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Iraq deploys border guards along borders with Turkey

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Iraq's caretaker Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi decided on Sunday to deploy national security troops along the Iraqi borders with Turkey.

According to a National Security Council statement, the decision comes due to a “re-examination of the federal police’s structure”.

The decision, made during a meeting of the Ministerial Council for National Security, aims to prevent any breaches or violations from happening.

“The Foreign Ministry will take the necessary measures to document the Turkish violations of Iraqi airspace and send to the United Nations,” the statement read.

In August, Turkey stepped up strikes against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and Turkish jets bombed PKK targets in northern Iraq, violating the Iraqi airspace authority.

Turkey claimed its military operations have taken place with the permission of the Iraqi government, which Baghdad denies.

Iraq’s security and stability, in addition to organizing the duties of the federal police and arming it to enhance its role in complementing the Iraqi army forces, were also discussed during the meeting.

The council also discussed the measures taken to protect citizens and public and private property in Basra.

The PKK has initiated a bloody insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984, demanding more rights for the Kurds. The Turkish army is battling the group's militias both inside Turkey and in northern Iraq.
Last Modified: Monday، 17 September 2018 08:53 PM
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