Duvar EnglishArab Parliament calls for international action to stop Turkish attacks on Iraqi soil
France has called for a thorough examination of the killing of two Iraqi officers in a Turkish drone strike in northern Iraq.
In a statement on Aug. 13, the French Foreign Ministry said that it condemns the incident and that "light must be shed" on it.
A Turkish drone strike on Aug. 11 in the Sidakan area in northeastern Iraq, near the Turkish and Iranian borders, killed two members of Iraq's border guard and the driver of the vehicle they were in, the Iraqi military said, as it also called the attack "a flagrant aggression."
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also urged "respect to Iraq's sovereignty" on Aug. 13.
Another country to condemn the strike was Egypt. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed to his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Hussein that Egypt denounces any Turkish practices that detract from Iraq's sovereignty and violate its territories.Iraq cancels Turkish Defense Minister Akar's visit, summons ambassador
Shoukry stressed to Hussein in a phone call late on Aug. 12 Egypt's full support for Iraq in preserving its security, according to a statement released by the ministry's spokesman Ahmed Hafez.
The two ministers agreed to maintain coordination to counter current challenges, the spokesman noted.
Iraq has military capacity to counter Turkish attacks: Iraqi military official
A top Iraqi official, meanwhile, said that they have the military capability to repel foreign attacks on Iraqi soil.
Maj. Gen. Tahsin Khafaji, spokesperson of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, told Iraqi state media on Aug. 13 that Iraqi security forces have the military capabilities to face-off the Turkish attacks in case officials choose a military option over diplomatic efforts to face Turkey’s incursion into Iraq.Turkish drone kills 2 Iraqi border guards in Kurdish region, Iraq's military says
“The National Security Council affirmed in its meeting that Iraq has several options to respond to these attacks [Turkish attacks], including diplomatic dialogue and political action, as well as the security option” Khafaji said.
“The Joint Operations Command has the military capabilities to defend the country's security and sovereignty from external attacks. In case the military option order is issued regarding this [Turkish attacks], the security forces are fully prepared to defend national security,” Khafaji added.