Turkey declines to comply with Baghdad’s demands

The Turkish Foreign Ministry commented on the Iraqi government’s demand to withdraw Turkish troops from its territory.

8 December 2015 09:00

Turkey refuses to comply with Baghdad’s demand to pull out its troops from northern Iraq. According to a high-ranking Turkish official, Ankara is unlikely to pull out its troops from the country, reports AFP.

“We expect them to stay,” said the Turkish official. He went on to say that “it will depend on discussions”.

It was reported earlier that the Turkish Foreign Ministry commented on Bagdad’s demand to pull out its troops from Iraq. According to Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkish Foreign Minister, Ankara is not going to pull out its troops which are stationed not far from the Iraqi town of Mosul.

Turkish medias reported 150 Turkish soldiers, as well as armored vehicles and artillery pieces, being deployed at the Bashik camp located some 30 kilometers from Mosul. Bagdad responded to that by demanding that the Turkish Republic pull out its military contingent.

In his turn, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Ankara is in no way building up its military presence in Iraq. According to him, Turkey is not gearing up for a military operation in Iraq but simply training volunteers fighting against ISIS terrorists there.