Turkey: Regime says its troops will stay in Iraq until Islamic State cleared from Mosul

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October 12, 2016
Reuters    
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"A planned U.S.-backed operation to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul could cause 'blood and fire' in the region if not carefully handled, Turkey warned on Wednesday, saying it would keep troops nearby despite Baghdad's opposition. President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey, locked in an escalating row with Iraq over who should take part in the planned Mosul assault, would do all it could to prevent the operation from deepening sectarian conflict on its borders. ... Soldiers from Turkey, a regional power with the second largest armed forces in NATO, have been training Sunni Muslim and Kurdish Peshmerga units at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq and want them to take part in the expected battle for Mosul." (10/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey-idUSKCN12C0KF  

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