“If it comes to war, NATO must be on the side of Turkey in Iraq,” the newspaper pointed out.
Irak will keine Türkische Truppen im Land und droht mit Krieg gegen den Nato-Staat https://t.co/JnqQim0fCb— DonDiMucci (@DonDiMucci) December 31, 2015
'Iraq doesn't want any Turkish troops in its country, and threatens war against a NATO country,' reported DWN.
The Federal Republic of Germany has been a NATO member since 1955. In December the German government announced that its forces were joining the US-led anti-Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) coalition in a non-combat, support role.
On Wednesday, Iraq’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said that although Iraq wants to use diplomatic means to resolve the conflict, it does not exclude the use of force if “fighting is imposed on us.”
“We will consider it (the use of military force) to protect our sovereignty, people and resources,” said al-Jaafari.
In early December, the Turkish government sent a battalion of 25 tanks and about 150 troops into northern Iraq without the permission of the Iraqi government.
Ankara said its forces were there with the assent of the Iraqi government, and were sent in response to security concerns in northern Iraq, where its forces help to train Iraqi militia battling Daesh in northern Iraq. The Iraqi government in Baghdad called the incursion a violation of Iraqi sovereignty, and demanded the troops withdraw in 48 hours.
Turkey has been a NATO member since 1952, and according to the terms of the North Atlantic Treaty, the principle of collective defence commits its members to defend each other in the event of an armed attack against another member. However, Article 5 of the Treaty makes no reference to the alliance’s responsibilities to intervene in the case of an act of aggression by a NATO country.