Iraq Shiite Militias Can Expel Turkish Forces From Iraq ‘by force’, Says Iraqi MP

turkishAn Iraqi MP has asked Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to “call on Turkey officially yet once again to withdraw its forces from Iraq before the start of the operation to liberate Mosul,” warning that the Shiite militia Hashd al-Shaabi has the right to expel Turkish forces from Iraq “by force.”

“Turkish forces will not be safe from attacks by resistance groups and Hashd al-Shaabi who have all the rights to expel them by force,” Firdous al-Awadi, a member of the State of Law coalition led by former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said in a statement on Friday.

The Turkish government will be considered responsible for any attacks on its forces present in Iraq “outside of the will of the Iraqi government,” she added.

Awadi said Turkey’s agenda in Nineveh province serves the interests of just one party that is calling for the division of the province into several parts and then linking some of those parts to the Kurdistan Region. She did not however make a clear reference to a specific party.

She also accused “al Nujaifis” of serving the interests of Turkey in northern Iraq, in reference to former Iraqi parliament speaker Osama Nujaifi and former Ninevah governor Athel al-Nujaifi.