Iraq, Syria’s Kurdish chief condemn assault on airport
BAGHDAD — The commander of the primary U.S.-backed power in Syria and Iraq’s presidency Saturday condemned what they are saying was a Turkish assault on an airport in northern Iraq.
Iraq’s presidency known as the late Friday explosion in northern Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish area a “flagrant aggression in opposition to Iraq and its sovereignty” within the space. It known as on Turkey to concern a proper apology, saying it shouldn’t proceed “terrorizing” Iraqis within the north.
A consultant of the Turkish protection ministry mentioned he had no details about the incident.
Turkey has spent years combating Kurdish militants in its east and enormous Kurdish communities stay in neighboring Iraq and Syria, the place they’ve a level of self-rule.
On Saturday, Iraq’s Nationwide Safety Adviser Qasim al-Araji, heading a high-level safety delegation, arrived in Suleimanyah to debate the difficulty with native officers, the state information company reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.Okay.-based opposition battle monitor, and a few native media reported Friday that the explosion subsequent to the Suleimaniyah Worldwide Airport was a Turkish drone assault concentrating on Mazloum Abdi, the chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The blast got here days after Turkey closed its airspace to flights to and from the airport, citing an alleged enhance in Kurdish militant exercise threatening flight security. The airport’s safety directorate mentioned an explosion came about close to the fence surrounding the airport inflicting a fireplace however no accidents.
Officers with the SDF and the Kurdish regional authorities in northeast Syria mentioned Abdi was not in Suleimaniyah on the time and was not the goal of an assault. Abdi in a tweet Saturday didn’t point out whether or not he thought he was focused.
Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Syrian Observatory, mentioned Saturday that Abdi was in a roundabout way focused however was close to the airport holding a gathering with Kurdish officers when the Turkish army carried out the assault.
A press release from the Iraqi Kurdish regional authorities in Iraq on Friday appeared in charge native authorities in Suleimaniyah. It accused them of upsetting an assault on the airport and utilizing “authorities establishments” for “unlawful actions.”
The regional authorities, with its seat in Irbil, is primarily managed by the Kurdistan Democratic Get together, whereas Suleimaniyah is a stronghold of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister of the regional authorities and a member of the PUK, rejected the regional authorities assertion that appeared to solid blame on his get together. He mentioned the assertion “represents just one get together … and can’t communicate for the complete authorities.”
“We strongly condemn the concentrating on of Suleimaniyah airport by Turkey,” Abdi tweeted Saturday, including that the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan’s assist for “their brothers in Syria is bothering Turkey.”
Abdi vowed that Syria’s Kurds “will proceed with their precept relations with our brothers and allies in Suleimaniyah and we stand united in opposition to these violations.”
Related Press author Bassem Mroue contributed to this report from Beirut.