Iraq's President Condemns Turkish Airstrike On Makhmour Refugee Camp

Iraq's President Condemns Turkish Airstrike On Makhmour Refugee Camp

Iraq's President Barham Salih condemned Turkey's deadly airstrike on the Makhmour refugee camp as a "dangerous escalation," said a statement from the president's office.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Salih condemned the Turkish airstrikes that killed three civilians at the camp and called for an end to Turkey's attacks on its territory in pursuit of militants of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
  • Salih demanded that Turkey withdraw its soldiers stationed in Iraq's Nineveh province and that their presence was a "violation of the principle of good-neighborliness."
  • Earlier this week, Erdoğan referred to the U.N.-administered camp home to 12,000 Kurdish refugees as a "terror nest" while threatening a strike.
  • Turkey regularly launches operations against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq targeting the PKK, a group designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara that has led a four-decade insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey.

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