POLITICS > Turkey PM accuses Baghdad of dragging Iraq to civil war

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Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. AA photo

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the Iraqi government on Wednesday of trying to drag the country into civil war, amid rising tensions between Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdish forces.
"The (Baghdad) regime wants to lead this (country) into a civil war," Erdoğan told reporters in Ankara before he left for Pakistan.
His comments came after Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki issued a warning to Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) forces in  not to advance towards government troop positions following deadly clashes the area last week.
Relations between Baghdad and KRG have been fraught since the establishment of a new military command covering disputed territory, and over various other long-running disputes including how to share the region's oil wealth.
Iraq and Turkey have been at odds over several issues, including the Syrian conflict, the Turkish military presence in Iraq to pursue Kurdish militants, and the oil dispute.
Also angering Iraq has been Turkey's refusal to extradite fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, who has been handed four death sentences by a Baghdad court on charges of running a death squad.
The Baghdad-KRG oil dispute has an impact on Turkey as it has a pipeline handling Kurdish oil and is also a major customer.
Earlier this month, Iraq blocked Turkish national energy firm TPAO from bidding for an oil exploration contract, a decision Erdoğan said was not "smart business," and accused Baghdad of acting "childishly".


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Yousif Yacoub

11/21/2012 10:13:44 PM

My friends , being narcist is a big problem. This guy is a controversial figure, causing headache for the whole region. Let us be honest, he is acting together with his masters!. The Iraqi government tries to defend the country's unity and resists the calls for seperation by Kurds. Kurds want to extend their arms towards other Iraqi cities. This is a red line. Mr Erdogan put his hands in the hands of Berzani and Gulf's sheikhs. Turkey has lost it's position as a leader and big brother!.

Jobs jon

11/21/2012 9:23:04 PM

At least he speaks what he nelieves to be true, not like Obama and Merkhal who hide behind a curtain and pretend to be leaders with daggers and guns in hand hands to kill.

Truth Teller

11/21/2012 8:50:48 PM

Slowly Turkey slip toward cnfrontation with Iraq which will be backed by Iran. GOOD LUCK tURKEY !

Blue Dotterel

11/21/2012 7:19:28 PM

This is the man who promotes sectarian divisions in Syria and ıraq, and arms Sunni terrorists against a secular government, and He accuses others of causing "civil war". The man is a sectarian bigot.


11/21/2012 7:04:37 PM

He is more right than wrong, but lets be honest, not meant to be a diplomat. Then again, look at how much diplomacy has achieved. Those who criticise always seem to have another agenda and do not like to hear the hard cold facts thrown into their faces.

David Salinger

11/21/2012 6:42:41 PM

I don't know what Jobs Jon is talking about. From what I see Erdogan just rants and raves about everything and everybody. He has the diplomacy of a fish. David Salinger--Trinidad

Uri D.

11/21/2012 3:30:08 PM

Any day this Erdogan "slams" and "accuses" somebody else (be it Israel, Iraq, Greec, Cypress, Syria, Iran, the UN or EU). Seems that Erdogan has problems in understanding reality; he has many problems. Turkey deserves better.

Jobs jon

11/21/2012 2:59:56 PM

Many people may not like Erdogan and many others may even not like what he says and the way he says. If you go back by few years and see what he has been saying and what has consequently happened has a positive correlation. I am not suggesting that he is some sort of wizard or a religious figure. He is outspoken and he can visualise things which many others (like Obama) are unable to do, although I am a supporter of Obama.
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