Kadhimi unites Iraqi forces and steps up measures against Ankara

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The recent Turkish bombardment of a tourist resort in the Dohuk governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq has unified the positions of the various Iraqi forces, including those that differ from each other or have good relations with Turkey.

The shelling targeted civilians and left dozens dead and injured, sparking a massive wave of popular and political discontent across the country.

On Thursday, the Iraqi government began taking unprecedented escalating measures and declared national mourning in the country.

Despite the intervention of security forces, angry Iraqi protesters pulled down and burned the Turkish flag from the building of the Turkish Embassy in Iraq.

This coincided with the Iraqi government preparing a protest note to be sent to the UN Security Council in the coming days, with the aim of deterring Turkey from carrying out similar actions in the future.

Iraqi leaders, including those who have differences with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, have responded to calls for joint talks on the repercussions of the Turkish bombardment of the Dohuk resort.

Among the personalities who attended the meetings were Nouri al-Maliki, Ammar al-Hakim, Haider al-Abadi and Falih Al-Fayyadh.

For his part, former Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari called for the formation of a tripartite Iraqi-Kurdish-Turkish commission to investigate the attack.

“What Turkish officials fail to understand in targeting a civilian tourist resort in Zakho is that all the innocent martyrs are Iraqi Arabs from southern Iraq, who have come for tourism and vacations from the furthest point of their country,” Zebari tweeted.

According to Hussein Allawi, adviser to al-Kadhimi, the position of the Iraqi government revolved around three axes.

Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, Allawi identified these leads as being represented by a set of directives from al-Kadhimi, a diplomatic document that was given to the Turkish Embassy and the Prime Minister’s meeting with the leaders. Iraqis.


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