Tensions have been simmering lately between Baghdad and Ankara over Turkey's military presence in northern Iraqi. The government in Baghdad has earnestly called for the withdrawal of Turkish forces, arguing that their presence is not needed and that they only impede Iraq's ongoing battle against the Daesh terrorists. Talking to Press TV about the issue, Marcus Papadopoulos, Politics First publisher and editor has noted that Turkey has been illegally occupying northern Iraq which is a “blatant” and “flagrant” violation of international law.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has defied the findings of an scathing inquiry into his decision to assist the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, saying the war has made the world a “better place.”
Czech President Milos Zeman has termed the recent wave of refugees entering Europe in large numbers “an organized invasion,” calling on young Syrian and Iraqi men to “take up arms” against Takfiri terrorists instead of leaving their home countries.
Saudi Arabia’s bloody invasion of Yemen, which continued for 28 consecutive days, can be compared to Israel’s aggression of Lebanon in 2006 or its war on the besieged Gaza Strip in 2008. Like those two devastating invasions, Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes led to the destruction of Yemen’s infrastructure and the killing of many civilians.
On August 3, 2005, the Arabic language newspaper of Al-Hayat released an unpublished interview with Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, referring to his talks with Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the former Saudi king. Citing a conflict between Iranian and Saudi fighter jets during the 1980-88 Iraqi imposed war on Iran, Hariri said that in his meeting with Abdullah, he asked the late king why he refused to reveal the details of the conflict. Abdullah responded that "the revelation of this is not wise. We do not want to fight with Iran or be in trouble with it". The former king added, "Iran is a country with thousands of years of history, we the Arabs are also a nation with thousands of years of history, and we cannot compete with Iran and they are also not capable of excluding us, therefore we should be patient and resolve our problems."