Iraq's Kurdistan caught in Turkish war with rebels

After artillery bombardment killed nine people in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, Baghdad called for a withdrawal of Turkish forces and said Ankara should handle its “domestic problems” with PKK rebels far from Iraq’s borders.

But with Turkey a regional economic, military and diplomatic power, can a weakened Iraq extricate itself from the decades-old war between Ankara and Kurdish rebels?

AFP looks at what’s at stake:

– What is the Turkish presence? –