Saudi Arabia condemns Turkey, Iran for conducting military operations in Iraq

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Outside view of the official residence of Consul General of Saudi Arabia as the waiting continues on the disappearance of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, Turkey on October 18, 2018. Turkish and Saudi Arabian officials started joint investigation of case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Officials from a joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case early Thursday after searching the Saudi consul general's official residence as well as the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul. AFP PHOTO

Saudi Arabia condemns and denounces Turkish and Iranian assaults in northern Iraq, the kingdom’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, according to the Al Arabiya English service.

“We express our condemnation and denunciation of the aggression attacks on Iraqi [soil] by Turkey and Iran. We consider this act of aggression an unacceptable interference in the affairs of an Arab state, a blatant violation of its lands, a threat to Arab and regional security, and a clear violation of international principles and norms. We affirm our stand with our brothers in Iraq and support all measures to preserve its sovereignty, security and stability,” the ministry said on its official Twitter page.

Turkish forces struck more than 500 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) targets with F-16 jets, drones, and howitzers as part of Operation Claw-Tiger in the Haftanin region, the Turkish defense ministry said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Iranian forces carried out artillery attacks against Iranian Kurdish opposition groups in Iraqi Kurdistan for the second day in a row on Wednesday, according to the semi-official YJC news agency.

Riyadh and Ankara have been at odds in regional politics since the latter decided to back Qatar instead of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a crisis dividing the Gulf countries.

The kingdom earlier this week also condemned Turkey’s military presence in Libya, according to Reuters.

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