Iraq Threatens Military Action If Turkey Refuses To Pull Out Of Country

Iraq on Wednesday warned that it will consider military action if Turkey does not comply with Baghdad’s latest demand to withdraw troops from a northern camp where they are training anti-Daesh fighters.

Ankara earlier this month deployed Turkish troops to northern Iraq to train a Sunni Muslim militia to fight Daesh militants. The deployment outraged Baghdad, which claims the move violates Iraq’s sovereignty.

In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, while riding in Raqqa city in Syria

On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Turkey had not honored a commitment to withdraw its troops from the region.

Abadi said in a statement that a Turkish delegation to Iraq promised to announce, upon returning to Ankara, that Turkey would withdraw its troops, “but the Turkish government has not respected the agreement and we request that the Turkish government announce immediately that it will withdraw from Iraqi territory.”

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