Iraq Blasts Turkey as 'Key Partner' in US-Led Attacks

Published June 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iraqi foreign minister Mohammad Said Sahhaf on Sunday blasted Turkey as a "key partner" of the almost daily US-led air strikes on Iraq during patrols launched from a Turkish base. 

"Turkey's support for the Americans and British makes that country a key partner of the aggression against Iraq," he said in a message to Arab League chief Esmat Abdel Meguid, quoted by the official news agency INA. 

Sahhaf called for the League's secretary general "to intervene to halt the aggression of these countries against Iraq". 

Iraq's air defenses clash on an almost daily basis with US and British warplanes, which patrol its northern and southern skies. The patrols over the north are launched from Incirlik air base in southeast Turkey. 

Baghdad does not recognise the "no-fly" zones, which are not authorized by any specific UN resolution, and has regularly fired on aircraft patrolling them since a joint US-British air war on Iraq in December 1998. 

The patrols of the southern exclusion zone are launched from bases in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia as well as aircraft carriers in Gulf waters - BAGHDAD (AFP) 

 

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