Turkey to withdraw troops from Iraq

Dec 22, 2015

The 15-member council met on the issue today at the request of Iraq and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari who asked the body to adopt a resolution demanding Turkey withdraw its troops immediately.

According to the BBC Turkey’s foreign ministry has claimed a “miscommunication” with Baghdad was responsible for the deployment.

The Turkish authorities reported after the Nineveh incident that their troops had entered Iraq to ensure the security of the Turkish soldiers deployed earlier at the base to train local militias, fighting against terrorist groups.

There was no word on how Erdoğan responded to Washington’s increasing pressure, but the statement said the two leaders agreed to work together on diplomatic efforts between the United States, Turkey, and Iraq to “reduce tensions and to coordinate military efforts against ISIL”.

Iraq’s referral of its complaint about the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq to the UN Security Council weakens the global efforts to counter Daesh, Turkey’s UN ambassador said Friday.

The statement did not say how many troops would be moved or where they would go to.

Earlier, the Iraqi government demanded the complete withdrawal of Turkish forces from its territory, indicating Ankara’s partial pullout was not enough.

It comes a day after US President Barack Obama urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “de-escalate tensions” with Baghdad.

On Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the presence of Turkish forces in Bashiqa does not pose a threat to the territorial integrity of Iraq but represents a strong entity against terrorism.

Turkish troops are stationed at a flashpoint military base near Mosul in northern Iraq, sparking a row this month between Baghdad and Ankara.

Security Council hears briefing on Turkish troop deployment in northern Iraq


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