PAFI Statement on Turkish Army in Iraq

Peace Ambassadors for Iraq (PAFI) would like to extend its gratitude and appreciation to the Turkish government for sending units of the Turkish Army to northern Iraq in support of the international community’s air campaign and the Iraqi people against ISIS. All true Iraqis welcome this effort and commitment by Turkey to help stabilize Iraq and protect civilians against violent terrorist elements such as ISIS and even Iranian-backed terror militias.

In the same regard, we are astonished and puzzled by the negative attitude and remarks made by the Iraqi government against this honorable Turkish presence. The government of Iraq should be grateful and consider it as a very positive development, one that offers hope to millions of Iraqis.

Baghdad’s strange position can only be an indication that the sectarian policies of the Dawa Party, under ex-PM Nouri al-Maliki, are still influential in the Iraqi government today.