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Bad Habits Die Hard: Turkey to Beef Up Troop Presence in Iraq

© AFP 2023 / MUSTAFA OZER Turkish soldiers patrol on a road near the Turkey-Iraq border in the mainly Kurdish southeastern province of Sirnak (File)
Turkish soldiers patrol on a road near the Turkey-Iraq border in the mainly Kurdish southeastern province of Sirnak (File) - Sputnik International
Turkey will ramp up its military presence in Iraq, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.

Turkish army's tanks at the Turkey-Iraq border . (File) - Sputnik International
Iraq Wants Turkish Troops Out Once and for All
Ankara will send additional forces to a Kurdish village in northern Iraq 17 kilometers from Mosul.

Turkey started withdrawing its troops on December 14, after Iraq had officially filed a complaint with the UN Security Council, calling on the United Nations to ensure an immediate pullout of the Turkish forces from its country's territory.

“Unfortunately, the Iraqi army and security forces are unable to act effectively against ISIL… The fall of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, underscored the need for international participation in the conflict,” Prime Minister Ahmer Davutoglu told members of his ruling AK Party in parliament on Tuesday.

Earlier, Ankara said that it was continuing the withdrawal of its forces from the Bashiqa camp in Iraq’s northern Nineveh province.

“We are rendering support to the local Peshmerga and volunteers and will keep doing this as long as the terrorist threat persists. Our military men stationed there respect the territorial integrity of Iraq,” Davutoglu noted.

Turkish army tanks - Sputnik International
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Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus later said that part of the Turkish military contingent had been moved elsewhere and that the Iraqi government had welcomed Ankara’s move. He also stated that the Turkish troops would stay on in Iraq until Mosul had been freed from Daesh occupation.

On December 4, Turkey deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to the Bashiqa camp in the northern Iraqi province, without Baghdad’s approval, allegedly as part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight Daesh.

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