Russia isn’t alone; Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has just accused the Turkish government of allowing ISIS oil through the porous Turkish borders, saying that most of ISIS’s oil was smuggled through Turkey.
The Turkish government, however, has strongly denied accusations of its involvement.
Abadi spoke with the German Foreign Minister on Monday, where he “stressed the importance of stopping oil smuggling by the terrorist gangs of Daesh, most of which is smuggled through Turkey“, according to his website.
The accusation comes as Iraq calls the Turkish deployment of a heavily armed contingent, consisting of tanks, artillery and over a hundred troops, to Northern Iraq a “violation of its sovereignty”.
“Turkey is a country neighboring Iraq, and a country that should be friendly with Iraq, they promised us that they would stop the entry of terrorists, however we need more action in order to stop the pumping of terrorists from Turkey into Syria and into Iraq. Also the stopping of the smuggling of petrol from Syria and Iraq and the financing of Daesh [the Arabic name for IS] in a general sense through this illegal trade,” Abadi said.
While Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu wrote that Ankara would not send any more troops to the region, it would not be withdrawing its existing force.
“Turkey is ready to deepen its cooperation with Iraq in coordination and consultation. Those who are disturbed by the cooperation of Turkey and Iraq and who want to end it should not be allowed to attain their goal,” it said.
The Turkish government states that the intent of the operation was to train fighters in the region to retake ISIS-controlled Mosul.
Davutoglu had earlier claimed that the Mosul governor had requested the intervention, and that it was done in coordination with the Iraqi Defense Ministry. The Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi however claims that the latest deployment was done without consultation with Baghdad and must be withdrawn. If Turkey fails to respond, Iraq will file a complaint with the UN Security Council.
“In case we have not received any positive signs before the deadline we set for the Turkish side, then we maintain our legal right to file a complaint to the Security Council to stop this serious violation to Iraqi sovereignty,” Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said Monday.
“We must be prepared and ready to defend Iraq and its sovereignty,” said Abadi, during a visit to Iraq’s air force headquarters on Monday, according to his office.
“The air force has the capability… to protect Iraq and its borders from any threat it faces.”
Iraq has as yet not attempted to down any Turkish aircraft in response to the alleged longer-than-17-second violation of its sovereignty. Of course, the condition of the Iraqi air-force is questionable seeing as Mosul remains under IS control.