A rocket attack reportedly targeted the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as tensions simmer between Baghdad and Ankara over an alleged Turkish strike on a tourist resort in the semi -autonomous Kurdistan from the Arab country.
Iranian news agency Fars quoted unidentified sources as saying that the missile attack on the Turkish consulate in Mosul took place early Wednesday.
Separately, the Canadian company GardaWorld Crisis24, citing unknown Iraqi sources, reported that two missiles had landed near the Turkish consulate. According to the sources, no casualties were caused by the attack, but a number of vehicles belonging to Turkish contractors and translators were damaged.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the reported attack. And Turkey has yet to confirm the incident.
Heightened security and localized transport disruptions were expected in the area as authorities investigated and responded to the incident, sources quoted by Crisis24 said.
Meanwhile, a Mosul police source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Xinhua news agency that several houses were damaged when six mortar shells landed near the Turkish consulate.
The reported strike, if confirmed, would be the second of its kind in recent days. On Sunday evening, a rocket attack targeted a military base housing Turkish troops in the Bashiqa district near the city of Mosul.
A group dubbed Saraya Awliya al-Dam (Blood Guardians Brigade) claimed responsibility for the attack in a video posted online. The group reportedly said they used 122mm Grad rockets in the attack, which they said came in response to the Turkish attack. He also warned that he would fight the battle on Turkish territory.
On July 20, an attack attributed to Turkey targeted the Iraqi village of Parakh in Dohuk province, killing at least nine tourists, including children and women, and injuring more than 20 others. Iraqi authorities blamed Turkey, which did not specifically deny carrying out an attack but said no civilians were targeted. The Turkish Foreign Ministry has accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terror group of spreading anti-Turkish propaganda during the incident.
PKK militants – designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – regularly clash with Turkish forces in Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey attached to northern Iraq.
In response, the Turkish army has occupied areas in northern Iraq, where it regularly carries out attacks on alleged PKK positions without the consent of the Arab country. Baghdad has repeatedly condemned Ankara’s ongoing military operations in northern Iraq.
Baghdad filed a formal complaint with the United Nations Security Council against Ankara, urging the UNSC to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the strikes.
Iraq demands withdrawal of all Turkish troops
Meanwhile, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein called on the UNSC to urgently adopt a resolution demanding that Turkey withdraw all its troops from Iraqi territory and stop incursions into the Arab country’s airspace.
Hussein made the request during a speech at an emergency UNSC meeting on Wednesday.
“We are trying to persuade members of the Security Council to expel Turkish forces from Iraqi territory,” Hussein was quoted as saying by official Iraqi media.
In a sign that the Iraqi government was also taking Turkish concerns into account, the minister said he would also ask the Council “to adopt a resolution to help Iraq expel the PKK”.
He said Baghdad was ready to work alongside the United Nations and relevant countries “to ensure that PKK elements leave Iraq because it destabilizes Iraq” and undermines security in the country.
The Iraqi Foreign Minister further called on the Security Council to set up “an independent international investigation team” to investigate what he called the “flagrant aggression” of the Turkish military.
Hussein also stressed that “there is a state of public anger that has engulfed Iraq from south to north due to Turkish aggression”, warning that Ankara’s continued aggressive behavior could lead to “unimaginable consequences”. .
In a statement issued on Monday, the UNSC strongly denounced the attack on the tourist resort in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The statement added that the members of the Security Council “also expressed their support for the Iraqi authorities in their investigations, calling on all member states to cooperate with Baghdad in this regard”.
However, diplomats say the chances of the council approving a resolution demanding the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Iraq are slim.