You all are probably aware of the recent conflict between Turkey and Russia after the downing of the two planes and the death of one of the pilots.

While Turkey felt it had a right to down the Russian jets because they were flying too close to its territory without authorization, it clearly feels it has a right to do as it pleases: this article mentions some recent developments...

“We have confirmation that Turkish forces, numbering about one armoured regiment with a number of tanks and artillery, entered Iraqi territory ... allegedly to train Iraqi groups, without a request or authorisation from Iraqi federal authorities"

Why were these troops deployed, and what right does Turkey have to send them?

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    Turkey military has been crossing into Iraq territory since Saddam was ousted, and mostly to chase Kurdish militant groups. It is kind of a grey zone (Turkey should not cross into Iraq territory, but Iraq should ensure that its territory is not used as a base of actions against Turkey and has not been much effective at that). I find much more worrying the training (and probably supply of weapons) to militant groups that are not controlled by the Iraq government. – SJuan76 Dec 6 '15 at 3:20
  • Another interesting question in this regard would be, why the US is insisting on sending special forces to Iraq, which are not welcomed by the government. – Noor Dec 7 '15 at 20:10

Turkey has no right to send his troops to Iraq without the consent of the Iraqi government. Its a form of invasion which should be strongly condemned by the UN.

And as Iraq sees it as such, they have set their air force on high alert to be ready to react on any further advancement of Turkish military. The commander of the voluntary forces in Iraq stated that they will attack Turkish soldiers if they do not withdraw.

After the Iraqi PM has demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish troops, which are not only personell but heavy weapons as well, Turkey stated that they have sent them to train Kurdish fighters and support Turkish troops being already for some time in Iraq.

If this is the case, why did they not inform Baghdad beforehand?

Here is what the guardian writes today:

Political analysts saw last week’s deployment by Turkey, which has the second biggest army in Nato, as an attempt to assert its influence in the face of increased Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq.

“Turkey seems to be angling to prove to the Russians and Iranians that they will not be allowed to have either the Syrian or Iraqi war theatres only to themselves,” said Aydın Selcen, a former consul general of Turkey in Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.

Here is what rt writes:

The Turkish intrusion into Iraq comes shortly after Ankara’s motives in the war on Islamic State have been questioned by Moscow, Tehran, as well as by Baghdad.

the Iraqis are convinced that Turkey is involved in smuggling oil

While officially Baghdad is now considering whether there is enough evidence of Turkey’s involvement in oil trade with IS to file a formal protest at the UN Security Council, an Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman, Naseer Nuri, told Sputnik on Wednesday that “general information about the smuggling of Iraqi oil by trucks to certain countries, including Turkey” is already available to them, and “this oil is used to fund Daesh.”

Other Iraqi officials have openly accused Turkey of knowingly trading with the terrorists.

There is “no shadow of a doubt” that Ankara knows about the oil smuggling operations, Iraqi MP and former national security adviser Mowaffak al Rubaie told RT.

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    When you quote RT you can just as well quote press releases from the Russian government. – Philipp Dec 8 '15 at 18:54
  • Do you think the interview with the Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman is fake or what's wrong with it? I don't find it helpful rejecting RT because its Russian. Many things they report regarding the Middle East are also being reported in Arabic media, with no connection to the Russian government. However, I am interested in statements from the Russian government as well as from the US government or any other. – Noor Dec 8 '15 at 20:59
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    this would be a better answer if it contained less of your opinion of what should happen and more facts about how international law and treaties could be applied. – SoylentGray Dec 11 '15 at 18:28

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