Iraq Kurds vent anger over Turkey stance vis-a-vis ISIL

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Friday, 19 September 2014


Senior Iraqi Kurdish officials have expressed dismay over Turkey’s silence on the atrocities committed by the ISIL Takfiri terrorists, Press TV reports.

Tension is simmering between Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region and Turkey over Ankara’s refusal to support the Kurds in their fight against the ISIL Takfiri group. Kurdish Peshmerga forces from the Iraqi Kurdistan along with the Iraqi army are fighting the ISIL militants in the crisis-hit country.

The prime minister of Iraq's Kurdistan region, Nechervan Barzani , has expressed disappointment at Turkey’s refusal to provide military support, stressing that Erbil had much higher expectations from Ankara.

Fuad Hussein, the chief of staff to Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani, has also voiced concerns over Turkey’s position. He has described as shocking the fact that Kurds are receiving backup from different countries but not from their Turkish neighbor.

“We expected more Turkish support and efforts in uprooting the ISIL. But Turkey has its own foreign policies. However, it is important to point out that the ISIL will not spare any front it finds open. Therefore, it is vital that all regional countries work on not giving the ISIL a chance to grow,” Firsat Soufi, a lawmaker from the Kurdistan Democratic Party, told Press TV.
The Turkish government stands accused of providing heavy logistical support for the ISIL terrorists. Ankara is accused, inter alia, of providing the fuel for the vehicles used by the ISIL. Another accusation against the Turkish government is that the plan to invade Iraq’s Mosul on June 10 was devised on Turkish soil.

The ISIL, in return, sells Iraq and Syria’s oil to the Turkish government at low prices.

From the start of the crisis in Syria over three years ago, Turkey reportedly allowed its borders to be used as a conduit for aid, weapons and militants heading to the Arab country.

The Takfiri ISIL terrorists currently control parts of eastern Syria and Iraq’s northern and western regions. They have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances.

The West and its regional allies, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, are reportedly giving financial and military support to the militants.

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