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Turkey might send more troops to Bashiqa base

By Rudaw 27/10/2016
Turkish tanks at the Turkey-Iraq border. Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/AP
Turkish tanks at the Turkey-Iraq border. Photo: Burhan Ozbilici/AP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey is considering sending more troops to its Bashiqa camp near Mosul if talks with Baghdad on the status of that camp fail, officials have told the Turkish press.

Anonymous official sources told Hurriyet that a Turkish delegation had visited Iraq on October 17 and presented a draft agreement to Iraqi leaders, in which they proposed Turkish troops should remain in Bashiqa throughout the course of the ongoing Mosul operation. 

Ankara is currently waiting for a response from Baghdad; if they get a positive one then talks can continue on this contentious issue. If the talks collapse and no agreement is reached between the two, Ankara might send in additional troops to Bashiqa to defend against any possible ISIS militant threats. 

Turkey has been proposing that its forces in Bashiqa become part of the coalition forces fighting ISIS. 

The deployment of Turkish troops and heavy weapons to Bashiqa last December sparked a diplomatic crisis between Baghdad and Ankara that was reignited this month after Iraqi parliamentarians urged the Iraqi government to brand the Turkish presence as an occupation. 

Turkey has said its presence in northern Iraq is necessary to combat the threat posed by ISIS.

Comments

 
Non kurd | 27/10/2016
This power play by Turkey is thanks to iranian interference in iraq.
vlog | 27/10/2016
Considering? the Turks sent more troops and tanks last week! or do they mean that there's even more on it's way? Once again Iraqi PM Abadi proved that he is a useless piece of dog shit, the Americans were 100% behind him and the Iraqi government on this but now they've turned around and have consented to the illegal Turkish base. That's why you see Turkish troops pouring into Iraq every week. I hope Sadr overthrows that useless midget in Baghdad and takes power, the first thing he'll do is kick the Turks out, then the slimy Iranians.
Over | 28/10/2016
Once the war in Monsul is over, Iraq can then chase the Turk out of Iraq. Turkey has no respect for other country territory. I suspect turkey is trying to annex Iraq territory. And then they can use the annex land as a base to fight PKK. Once PKK lost, turkey will annex Gandil area. Think like Erdogan. I suspect that is what he is after. He does not himself concern about Iraq. They spawn Isis. Turkey is making use of Isis as an excuse for doing what they did.

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