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Newsline: Suspect nabbed for killing of Turkish diplomat in Iraq

Turkish security forces on Jan. 21 nabbed a suspect allegedly linked to an armed attack that killed a Turkish diplomat in northern Iraq last July. He was arrested in a joint operation by the provincial police forces and the Turkish Intelligence Organization (MİT) in the southeastern border province of Şırnak as he attempted to cross to Turkey. (http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkey-nabs-suspect-over-killing-of-turkish-diplomat-in-erbil-151279) On July 17, Osman Köse, who was serving at Turkey’s Consulate General in Erbil, was killed in an armed attack at a restaurant. Apart from the diplomat, two Iraqi nationals sitting at a nearby table were also killed. In August, Turkish forces neutralized two PKK/YPG terrorists, who plotted the armed attack.

Newsline: Three rockets fall near US embassy in Iraq

Three rockets have fallen inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Tuesday morning, close to the US embassy. A BBC reporter said alarms were sounding in the US embassy complex and speakers were telling those inside to take shelter. Iraqi police told Reuters that three Katyusha rockets fell inside the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign missions. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/20/three-rockets-fall-us-embassy-iraq-baghdad) The rockets were launched from the Zafaraniyah district outside Baghdad, the sources said, adding that two rockets landed near the US embassy.

Newsline: Poland evacuates its ambassador from Iraq

Following Iran’s attack on two U.S. bases in Iraq, Poland evacuated its ambassador in Iraq, according to Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, local media reported. (https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/poland-evacuates-its-ambassador-from-iraq/1696661) Czaputowicz told Radio ZET that Beata Peksa, the Polish ambassador to Iraq, has been evacuated and returned to Poland It was also reported that the evacuation took place at the request of British diplomats, because the Polish embassy is located in the international zone of the British embassy’s premises.

Newsline: Iraqi foreign ministry will summon Tehran envoy over strikes

Iraq’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday it rejected Iran’s missile attack on Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops and would summon Tehran’s ambassador in Baghdad to convey its protest. “The foreign ministry rejects these attacks and considers them a violation of Iraqi sovereignty,” it said in a statement. “It stresses that Iraq is an independent state and that its internal security is its priority. We will not allow it to become a battlefield. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-diplomacy/iraqi-foreign-ministry-will-summon-tehran-envoy-over-strikes-statement-idUSKBN1Z72CJ) “The foreign ministry will summon the Islamic Republic of Iran’s ambassador and convey this to him.”

Newsline: U.S. accuses Russia, China of blocking U.N. statement on Baghdad embassy attack

The United States accused Russia and China on Monday of blocking a U.N. Security Council statement underscoring the inviolability of diplomatic and consular premises after a Dec. 31 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Such statements by the 15-member Security Council have to be agreed on by consensus. The U.S. mission to the United Nations said 27 countries spoke out against the attack on the Baghdad embassy “in stark contrast to the United Nations Security Council’s silence due to two permanent members – Russia and China – not allowing a statement to proceed.” (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-un-usa/us-accuses-russia-china-of-blocking-un-statement-on-baghdad-embassy-attack-idUSKBN1Z51I5) The U.N. ambassadors of Russia and China both dismissed the U.S. accusation on Monday, saying they condemn any attacks on diplomatic premises around the world. Militiamen and their supporters protesting deadly U.S. air strikes on Iraq hurled stones and torched a security post at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 31. U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Iran for “orchestrating” the attack on the embassy. On Friday, Iran’s most prominent general, Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a U.S. drone strike on his convoy at Baghdad airport, an attack that carried U.S.-Iranian hostilities into uncharted waters. Russia and China said any statement by the U.N. Security Council on the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad should also include the latest developments.

Newsline: Iraqi foreign ministry summons U.S. ambassador over air strikes

Iraq’s foreign ministry said on Sunday it summoned the U.S. ambassador on the back of repeated U.S. air strikes on Iraqi soil that killed Iraqi militia fighters and Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muahndis. (https://www.reuters.com/article/iraq-security-diplomacy/iraqi-foreign-ministry-summons-u-s-ambassador-over-air-strikes-statement-idUSS8N27L04I) The foreign ministry said the act was, “a flagrant breach of Iraq’s sovereignty and of all international laws and norms that regulate relations between countries and prohibit the use of their lands to carry out attacks on neighbouring countries.”

Newsline: Iraqi security forces told to stop protecting US Embassy in Baghdad

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the Iranian-backed militia Kataeb Hezbollah is telling Iraqi security forces to abandon their “duty to protect” the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, and other locations where Americans work with Iraqis. “Iranian-owned [Kataeb Hezbollah] thugs are telling Iraqi security forces to abandon their duty to protect [the U.S. Embassy Baghdad] and other locations where Americans work side by side with good Iraqi people,” Pompeo said. “The Iranian regime telling Iraq’s government what to do puts Iraqi patriots’ lives at risk.” Pompeo went on to say that the Iraqi citizens want to dissociate from Iran. (https://www.foxnews.com/world/pompeo-hezbollah-iraq-security-forces-to-abandon-duty-protect-americans-us-embassy-baghdad) “The Iraqi people want out from under the Iranian yoke; indeed, they recently burned an Iranian consulate to the ground,” Pompeo added.