Iraqi PM speaks out against Turkish airstrikes

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his council of ministers views Turkish airstrikes in his country as "a dangerous escalation and a violation of Iraq's sovereignty."

In a three-part message posted on his official Twitter account Tuesday, al-Abadi said that the council is committed "not to allow any attack on Turkey from Iraqi territory and called on Turkey to respect good relations."

Turkey launched a wave of airstrikes in Iraq last week targeting militants with the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, in the country's northwest.

And a U.N. panel says the threat of foreign jihadi fighters traveling to countries such as Iraq and Syria is a fluid and rapidly-changing problem and the response of governments must be stepped up.

Jean Paul Laborde, executive director of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee, told reporters Tuesday the threat posed by such foreign fighters is global and the world's response must involve all levels of society.

Laborde spoke after ministers and representatives from some 70 countries met in Madrid to discuss ways of stemming the flow of foreign fighters and countering their recruitment.

The committee estimates there are some 25,000 foreign fighters from more than half the countries in the world involved with jihadi extremists such as the Islamic State group.