The Iraqi Parliament on Saturday mandated two of its commissions to investigate the recent attacks by Turkey and Iran targeting the autonomous Kurdistan region in the country’s north, Roj News reported.
The members of the Security and Defence Commission and the International Relations Commission will visit the sites attacked by the two neighbouring countries as a part of the investigation.
Talking to Roj News, Cewad Polani, a member of the Security and Defence Commission, called the two countries’ aggression as attacks against Iraq’s national sovereignty.
According to Polani, the commissions will prepare a report to be submitted to the Iraqi government, which is expected to be discussed in the next meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which has 178 member parliaments.
Muhammed Halbusi, the spokesperson of the Iraqi Parliament, on Saturday announced that Iraq will participate in the meeting and will ask for international support against the attacks of Turkey and Iran.
Turkey routinely targets the Kurdish regions in northern Iraq, where the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has its base. The latest offensives, dubbed Operations Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle, have been continuing since 2020 and have strained Ankara’s relations with Baghdad.
In addition to routine shelling and drone attacks, this time Turkey has also established a military base in Iraqi Kurdistan and is being called an occupying force by locals. Hundreds of villages have been emptied and thousands of people have been displaced because of continuous Turkish aggression.
Meanwhile, Iran holds the Kurdish political parties based in north Iraq responsible for the ongoing protests in the country that started with the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish girl. The Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps attacked several places in Iraqi Kurdistan in late September, claiming that some “terrorists” travelled across the border to carry out attacks in Iran.