ERBIL — An Iraqi Shi'ite cleric on Sunday, issued a fatwa (jurisdiction), ordering the Iraqis to fight the Turkish troops in Iraq, calling it a "religious and moral duty."
Qassim al-Tai, the Shi'ite cleric said in a statement that "We must fight the invading Turkish forces in Iraq," stressing that "resistance to the Turkish presence in Iraq militarily, especially after the approval of the Turkish parliament on the presence of these forces is a religious, moral and social duty."
Tai said, "in addition to the military resistance, there are other ways to resist them such as boycotting the Turkish companies and imports."
The Turkish parliament decided on October 1st, to extend the mission of its military forces in Syria and Iraq for another year, after the Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan said that his country's troops stationed at the bases near Mosul will take part in the Battle of the retaking the city from Islamic State (IS).
The Iraqi government however has repeatedly opposed the presence of the Turkish troops in Mosul, claiming that it would disrupt the upcoming military campaign to recapture the city.
The Turkish troops are stationed in a camp on the outskirts of Mosul, where they are providing the Sunni tribal forces known as Hashd al-Watani with military training to enable them in the the battle of liberating the city of Mosul which has been invaded by IS since mid-2014