L.A. Times: Fragile alliance against Islamic State frays as Turkish president scolds Iraqi leader: 'You are not my equal'
In theory, Turkey and Iraq face a common enemy in Islamic State, but on Tuesday the Turkish president unleashed his ire on a putative ally, telling the Iraqi prime minister he needs “to know his limits.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan railed at Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi, declaring, “You are not my equal and you are not at my level and your shouting in Iraq is not important to us at all.”
Erdogan’s remarks, which reflect the fragile ties linking those who view Islamic State as a threat, were made during a meeting of the Eurasian Islamic Council in Istanbul, according to Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu.
Abadi’s spokesman, Saad Hadithi, speaking to Sumariyah News, branded Erdogan’s statements “irresponsible.”
“After the rhetoric of Turkish officials has reached this level … we are convinced that discussions with the Turkish side are no longer useful,” Hadithi said.
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WNU Editor: The U.S. is trying (unsuccessfully) to defuse this row .... US tries to defuse Iraq-Turkey war of words over Mosul (Al Arabiya).
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