We will not Pull Out Turkish Troops from Iraq: Erdogan

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The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that we sent our troops after receiving a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Turkish troops are serving in Iraq since 2014.

He added that new delivery of a well equipped Turkish armed detachment in Mosul near the front line is another provocative deployment in the war against terrorism. It would provide a handsome support against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group that is head to head with a number of big powers. He added that Turkish troops are according to the request of Haider Al-Abadi in Basheeqa camp.

Erdogan said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that we have a right to ask, why Abadi was made silence since 2014. He explained that Turkish troops were deployed on the request of Baghdad to train Iraqi Security forces after the intrusion of Daash in Iraqi territory. It is important that Iraqi government asked NATO to pressurize an alliance member Turkey to pull out their troops rapidly from the northern area in Iraq. The Turkish government confirmed that they will not deploy more troops in Iraq, but Ankara refused to withdraw their forces deployed since 2014. He said that the governments of Iraq and Iran are following narrow-minded policies in Iraq and Syria.

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