Twitter weighs in on Abadi and Erdogan’s war of words

Published October 12th, 2016 - 11:52 GMT
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech (AFP/Adem Altan)
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech (AFP/Adem Altan)

Turkey and Iraq have disagreed considerably on Turkey’s military presence in northern Iraq recently. First, Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi said that the presence of Turkish forces near Mosul is “illegal.” Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan then escalated the war of words, saying “The Iraqi prime minister is insulting me. First, know your limits. You are not in my quality, my level,” before declaring his country’s forces would indeed enter the Daesh (ISIS)-occupied city.

Abadi then took it to another level himself, and slammed Erdogan for the remarks, poking fun at his Skype address to his country during Turkey's coup attempt in July.

Twitter is now having a lot of fun with the cyberfight between the two. Many celebrated Abadi’s comments, or reacted to them with astonishment.

In Arabic, plenty of accounts celebrated Abadi’s quick whip too, and the Arabic-language hashtag “Erdogan the one who Skypes” is trending, referring again to Erdogan’s use of the video calling service during the July coup.

Erdogan's trangressions are not an insult to Abadi, but an insult to Iraq because Abadi represents Iraq. Unite.

Operations to take Mosul from Daesh (ISIS) are expected to begin this month or soon after.



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