BAGHDAD (Armenpress)–The Iraqi government condemned the Turkish incursion and demanded an immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq, news agencies reported
The military action was declared a violation of Iraqi sovereignty by Iraqi spokesman Ali Al Dabbagh, who added that the Turkish government should engage in dialogue with the Iraqis instead of invading the country
"The Cabinet calls on Turkey to withdraw its troops immediately from bases in Kurdish Iraq," Al Dabbagh said in a televised statement.
Turkey has assured the Iraqi government and the US military that the operation would be limited to attacks on Kurdish rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The U.S. and European Union consider the PKK a terrorist group.
Al Dabbagh acknowledged the threat to Turkey posed by the rebels and said Iraq is willing to work through trilateral discussions with the United States or any other type of bilateral dialogue to prevent the PKK from using Iraqi territory to attack Turkey.