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Iraq welcomes Turkey's decision to withdraw troops from Mosul

By Rudaw 21/12/2015
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Photo: AP
Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. Photo: AP

 
ERBIL,Kurdistan Region- Baghdad has welcomed Turkey’s decision to start removing its troops from Iraq's Nineveh province, saying that it will continue the efforts for the complete withdrawal of all troops from the country.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Monday that he was pleased with Ankara's move.

“Turkey’s recent decision is the right choice to strengthen relations between the two countries, in respecting Iraqi territory and confronting the self-claimed Islamic State,” Jaafari said.

Jaafari spoke at the UN Security Council about the Turkish troop deployment in Iraq and urged members of the council to condemn the move as a violation of Iraq's sovereignty.

Ankara announced Sunday that it will start a gradual withdrawal of troops from camp Bashik near Mosul, citing "miscommunication" with Iraqi authorities over the deployment decision.

The 150 soldiers were sent to Iraq, Turkish officials said earlier this month, to train local forces near Mosul and the Kurdish Peshmerga.

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Forked tongue | 21/12/2015
Can anyone tell why the Turks were there in the first place? I need to be educated! Who miscommunicated what and to whom? Undoubtedly the US told the belligerent Turks to piss off.
Dutchman | 21/12/2015
The Turkish army was very welcome to protect the Yezidis when ISIL murdered them in Sinjar. But it was the PKK that did what Turkey refused.
TURKEY = ISIS | 21/12/2015
It's a lie, how long it will take to soldiers to return back to iraq
Hans Guderian | 21/12/2015
Well, the Kurds here are as usual raining shit on Turks, but, what you don't recognize is this: Turkey was ready to accept KRG as the ruler of the region and US and Russia together said: NO. If Iraq is to continue as a single country, you don't have Turkey to thank for, but US and Russia.
kaka | 22/12/2015
what about ayatolah's thugs in Iraq? is not a violation of iraqi sovereignty? opps , sorry, iraq is part of iran

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