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Turkey, Iraq, Kurds seek leverage from tourist massacre

Ankara continues to deny responsibility for shelling that killed tourists in Iraqi Kurdistan.
An Iraqi police vehicle secures the area of the Turkish Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
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Tensions between Ankara and Baghdad over the massacre of nine tourists in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region showed no signs of abating, as Iraq’s foreign minister blasted Turkey at an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council Tuesday and Iran-backed militias mounted a rocket attack against the Turkish consulate in Mosul, the latest such aggression against Turkish assets in Iraq.

But even as their envoys traded accusations, behind closed doors the parties were maneuvering to leverage the tragedy to their respective benefits, well-placed sources speaking anonymously to Al-Monitor confirmed.

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