MİT chief visits Iraq to discuss anti-terror cooperation

Turkish intelligence chief İbrahim Kalın has paid a visit to Baghdad and discussed anti-terror cooperation and other security concerns with senior Iraqi officials, including Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid.

Kalın's visit follows a high-level meeting between senior Turkish and Iraqi officials in December last year in the Turkish capital Ankara, during which all the aspects of security issues have been discussed.

The PKK, designated as a terror organization by the United States and the European Union, has been attacking Türkiye from northern Iraq, where it has its main headquarters and training facilities.

It recently killed 21 Turkish troops in three separate attacks in late December and early January. The Turkish army retaliated in kind and eliminated hundreds of PKK terrorists in northern Iraq and Syria.

In Baghdad, Kalın informed Iraqi officials about Türkiye's ongoing military operations in northern Iraq, stressing that they will endure in line with Article 51 of the U.N. Charter. Türkiye launched the Claw-Lock Operation in northern Iraq in 2019 as part of its strategy to wipe out terrorist threats at its source.

Türkiye is also concerned about the growing influence of the PKK in northern Iraq, especially in Sulaymaniyah, under the control of the Kurdistan Patriotic Union (PUK). The PKK is also active in Sinjar province, on the border of Iraq and Syria.

Ankara offers cooperation with Baghdad in eliminating the terrorist presence from the Iraqi territories. If Iraq says it has no capacity to do so, Ankara says it is ready to deal with the terrorists alone.

A statement by the Iraqi presidency on the visit underlined that Kalın expressed that Ankara attaches importance to the security and stability of Iraq. It...

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