Anti-Turkmen attacks 'a plot': Iraqi leader

BAGHDAD – Arshad al-Salehi, head of the Iraqi Turkmen Front, has described recent attacks on front members as a "plot" aimed at scaring Iraqi Turkmens into fleeing their homes.

"Attacks on Turkmens are systematic and aim to scare them into leaving [northern] Mosul," al-Salehi told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

He went on to accuse "certain entities" of trying to encourage a nationwide exodus by the Turkmens, the third largest ethnic group in Iraq.

On Monday, MP and front member Zahid Ismail was gunned downin the northern Ninawa province.

Al-Salehi called on the government to provide protection for Turkmen lawmakers following Ismail's slaying, for which no group has claimed responsibility.

The Turkmen Front is an umbrella group of Iraqi Turkmen political parties.

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