Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Iraq says Turkey relations cannot improve without troop withdrawal : Long-Term Occupation of Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday relations with northern neighbor Turkey could "not move forward one step" without a withdrawal of Turkish forces from a camp in northern Iraq, state television reported.

Turkish forces have been stationed at Bashiqa camp near Mosul since before the start of an offensive against ISIS.

Speaking in November, Fikri Isik, Turkey's defence minister, said his country's military involvement was part of its preparation for "important developments in the region".


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