Turkey is invading Iraq, this is fully confirmed even by Erdogan, and no one condemns the action.
First, a bit of background: On Friday, several hundred Turkish soldiers were deployed to “provide training for Iraqi troops in an area near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.” It’s only in the sixth paragraph of Reuters’ report that we learn the following:
A statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s media office confirmed that Turkish troops numbering “around one armed battalion with a number of tanks and cannons” had entered its territory near Mosul without request or permission from Baghdad authorities. It called on the forces to leave immediately.
(By the way, Reuters ran the story under the headline “Turkish soldiers training Iraqi troops near Mosul: sources.” Because the fact that they were there without invitation is not “newsworthy,” right?)
Baghdad has now issued an ultimatum to Ankara, in which it has given Turkey 48 hours to withdraw all Turkish armed forces, excluding “advisors” that were previously invited to help Iraqi forces fight ISIS.
The Iraqi government has even warned that it would bring a formal complaint to the U.N. Security Council if its (completely reasonable) request isn’t met.
legally and with the consent of the Iraqi government.
Who are you going to believe? The Iraqi government, or Turkey, claiming that the Iraqi government said something different? Life is full of difficult choices!
Also, good luck finding a New York Times op-ed about “Turkish aggression in Iraq”. Ha ha.