US Notices 'Some Repositioning' of Turkish Forces in Northern Iraq
Turkey has repositioned some of its forces illegally deployed to the north of Iraq, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Steven Warren told reporters on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – 'We have seen some repositioning,' Warren stated. 'Again, I will not really go into the details on it.'
On December 4, Turkey deployed its troops and armored vehicles to the Bashiqa camp near Mosul in northern in Iraq, without Baghdad's permission.
Ankara claims the step was taken to protect Turkish personnel who are training local militia to fight against Daesh, which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia.
The move caused tensions between Baghdad and Ankara. Iraq officially filed a complaint with the UN Security Council, calling on the United Nations to ensure an immediate pullout of the Turkish forces from its country.
On Saturday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that Ankara would continue to withdraw its military troops from the Bashiqa base.
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