World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey expressed concern over the latest wave of clashes in Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi where many civilians and security officers were killed, said a release by Turkish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
"Turkey has always fully supported counter-terrorism and will continue to stand by Iraq in its fight against terrorism," the release said.
Turkey called on the Iraqi government to take steps rapidly to ease tension, end bloodshed and provide peace and stability in the country.
The Anbar province was shaken by violence last week after troops evicted a months-old sit-in in the provincial capital Ramadi staged by tribesmen opposed to the Shiite-dominated government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The sit-in dispersal came two days after Sunni lawmaker Ahmed al-Alwani, a prominent anti-Maliki protest organizer, was arrested in a raid on his Ramadi home by Iraqi forces. Six people were killed in the raid, including al-Alwani's brother.
Local tribesmen later expressed their support for local police against Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen who claimed that they had established control over the province's two main cities – Ramadi and Fallujah.
Tribal chieftains, however, rejected the presence of army troops and vowed to fight off any military forces dispatched to the province by Baghdad.
Jordan reinforces security on Iraq border
Jordanian authorities have reinforced security measures along the borders with Iraq, a security source told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
"Jordanian-Iraqi borders are difficult to be controlled in normal conditions," the source said.
The source said that developments in the western Anbar province "raises Jordanian concerns of the infiltration of extremists" into the kingdom.
There was no official comment from Jordanian authorities.Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ocak 2014, 09:47