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.