Iraq, Turkey dispute status of Turkish troop deployment near Mosul

Iraq, Turkey dispute status of Turkish troop deployment near Mosul

[Ed. – Turkey has indisputably increased the number of troops at the site — although it’s correct to say that a small contingent of Turks has been there for a year, with the tacit acquiescence of the government in Baghdad.  It’s to be expected that Turkey would do something like this, with Russia now flying missiles and bombers through the Iraqi air space above Mosul to get to Syria.  Iraq is formally protesting the troop increase because Russia and Iran want her to.  Remember, no one in the post-American world wears a white hat.  This isn’t a matter of good guys versus bad guys.]

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Turkish ambassador on Saturday to demand that Turkey immediately withdraw hundreds of troops deployed in recent days to northern Iraq, near the Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul.

The ministry said in a statement the Turkish forces had entered Iraqi territory without the knowledge of the central government in Baghdad, and that Iraq considered such presence “a hostile act”.

But Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the troop rotation was routine and that Turkish forces had set up a camp near Mosul almost a year ago in coordination with Iraqi authorities. …

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Iraqi President Fouad Massoum earlier described the deployment as “a violation of international norms and law” and called on Turkey to withdraw, echoing a statement from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s media office a day earlier.

A senior Kurdish military officer based north of Mosul told Reuters that additional Turkish trainers had arrived at a camp in the area overnight on Thursday escorted by a Turkish protection force.

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