Turkish troops remain in Iraq despite the warning


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

7th December, 2015


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Ankara has not withdrawn, from Iraq, its military forces, despite the demands of Baghdad, Interfax reported with reference to the representative of the Turkish government. 

Earlier, Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, had asked Ankara to withdraw its troops from Iraqi territory and gave them 48 hours. Otherwise, he would  go to the UN security Council.

According to media reports on December 5th, 150 to 300 Turkish military personnel invaded Iraq under the pretext of training fighters of the Iraqi Kurds, fighting on the side of the banned in Russia group ISIL. The Federal government of Iraq’s permission was not obtained.

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