By*Fehim Ta?tekin for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.*
Turkey has been officially uninvited — in no uncertain terms — to the liberation of Mosul, Iraq.
When rumors began piling*up recently that Turkey*— after launching Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria*— also has*plans to intervene on the Iraqi front with Operation Tigris Shield, diplomatic channels between Ankara and Baghdad caught fire.
Baghdad was already unhappy with Turkey, believing Ankara is*more interested in the post-Islamic State (IS)*future of Mosul rather than helping to liberate it. Baghdad was also concerned about Turkey*training Sunni-dominated Al-Hashd al-Watani forces at Bashiqa training camp 25 kilometers*(15 miles) from Mosul.
So when Turkey’s parliament decided Oct. 1 to extend for a year*its military operations*in Iraq and Syria,*the Iraqi parliament responded with a blunt, unfriendly warning.
The warning called for summoning the Turkish ambassador, branding Turkish forces in Iraq as occupiers, prosecuting those responsible and*denouncing Turkish*President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pronouncements. It also called for*reviewing trade and economic relations with Turkey and*initiating*immediate action with the United Nations to expel Turkish troops.
Turkey’s*Foreign Ministry responded in similarly harsh language: “We denounce the decision of the Iraqi parliament. We strongly condemn the ugly accusations directed to our president.”
Tension between Ankara and Baghdad escalated after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned that the presence of Turkish soldiers in Iraq could lead to a regional war.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus contributed to the squabble.*“Where was the Iraqi government when [IS] occupied Mosul in one day?” he asked, referring to the takeover in June 2014.
Many people wondered what had prompted the Iraqi parliament’s bad-tempered action.


Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com.

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