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Iraq is involved in a non-international armed conflict against against the Islamic State group in its own territory since January 2014. Iraq is also involved in an international armed conflict with Turkey due to the latter's use of force against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq without the consent of Iraq.

Since January 2014, Iraq has been involved in a non-international armed conflict against the Islamic State group in its own territory. Against the background of the non-international armed conflict in Syria, the conflict against the Islamic State group spilled over from and into Syria. Upon Iraqs' invitation, the United States took the lead in an international military coalition to strike Islamic State group targets in Iraq in August 2014. Letter Dated 20 September 2014 from the Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations Addressed to the President of the Security Council, UN doc S/2014/691, 22 September 2014. 

Iraq is also involved in an international armed conflict with Turkey: Against the background of the non-international armed conflict against the Kurdistan Workers' Party PKK, Turkey has been using force against the PKK based in northern Iraq without the consent of Iraq. Iraq repeatedly denounced the Turkish airstrikes against the PKK as a violation of its sovereignty. See for example the remarks by the Iraqi representative in the Security Council in December 2015 and May 2017, 7598th meeting of the Security Council, UN doc S/PV.7589, 18 December 2015; 7945th meeting of the Security Council, UN doc S/PV.7945, 22 May 2017, p 18.

Last updated: Thursday 15th February 2018