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Turkey won’t engage with Barzani before Baghdad-Arbil deal reached

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Amid Turkey’s military and political preparations for an offensive into the Afrin district of Syria to combat the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will pay a very important visit to Iraq on Jan. 21.

At first glance, Turkey’s probable military operation into Afrin might not be of particular concern of the Iraqi government for geographical reasons. But that assumption would not be accurate.

Although Iraq announced victory against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and declared that it had liberated all of its territories from jihadist terrorists in December 2017, it is still cooperating with the U.S.-led international coalition in order to prevent a resurgence of similar terror groups and to stop the infiltration of jihadist remnants from Syria into Iraq.

Only a few days ago, a U.S. military official outlined a plan to........

© Hürriyet Daily News