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BAGHDAD (AP) — The presence of Turkish troops near the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq is a “violation” of international law, Iraq’s president said Saturday.

President Fuad Masum called the move a “violation of international norms, laws and Iraq’s national sovereignty,” and said it was contributing to increased tensions in the region.

Hakim al-Zamili, the head of parliament’s security and defense committee, went a step further, calling on Iraq’s prime minister to launch airstrikes against the Turkish troops if they remained in Iraqi territory.

Continue reading:  Iraq: Turkey troops near Mosul violating international law

Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  Turkey’s motives in Iraq, and in Syria as well, must be assessed within the sectarian Sunni versus Shiite and Turkish versus Kurdish context which underlays the current turmoil in the Middle East.  Under President Erdogan, Turkey is far less concerned with the fundamentalist Sunni Jihadists of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL) – with which he is ideologically aligned – than he is with opposing the Shiite regimes in Iraq, Syria, Iran and the semi-autonomous ethnic region of Kurdistan.

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