Turkey says miscommunication caused Iraq troop deployment
Iran Press TV
Sat Dec 19, 2015 9:5PM
Turkish Foreign Ministry says 'miscommunication' with Iraq caused its recent troops deployment in the northern Nineveh province.
The announcement was made via a statement released on Saturday, which added that Ankara will continue to recall some of the troops from the Bashiqa military base.
Tensions have been running high between Baghdad and Ankara particularly since December 4, when Turkey deployed 150 heavily armed soldiers backed by 20 to 25 tanks to the base where it claims it is training Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters battling the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
'Turkey ... acknowledges the miscommunication with the government of Iraq over the deployments of Turkish protection forces ...,' read the statement.
On Friday, US President Barack Obama called on his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to withdraw his country's troops out of Iraq and respect its integrity.
Baghdad also called on UN Security Council to adopt a resolution, urging Turkey to end its "illegal incursion" and immediately withdraw all of its troops from the Iraqi soil.
Over the past few days, thousands of Iraqi protesters have staged demonstrations across the country to denounce the Turkish deployment of military forces.
Turkey has already withdrawn some troops from the camp, reportedly by moving them to another base inside Iraq's Kurdistan region.
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