Turkish Forces Withdrawing From Iraq

By Simon Kent.

Turkish President Reccip Tayyip Erdogan has announced that further withdrawals of Turkish troops are being made from Iraqi Kurdish territory following pressure from Baghdad and Washington.

Baghdad had previously called the deployment of Turkish soldiers to a KDP Peshmerga base “an illegal incursion” and Barack Obama called Erdogan asking him to de-escalate tensions.

The soldiers were deployed as part of a training mission for the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting ISIS. After Iraqi complaints that the deployment was not cleared with Baghdad, the troops moved from Bashiqa, where they were based, and are now fully withdrawing.

(Source: The Guardian) 




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