Some Turkish troops pull out of Iraq camp near Mosul

GMT 21:13 2015 Monday ,14 December

Arab Today, arab today Some Turkish troops pull out of Iraq camp near Mosul

Baghdad - Arab Today

Some of the several hundred Turkish troops who had been stationed in a camp outside the jihadist-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul have pulled out after the deployment infuriated Baghdad.

"Some of the Turkish troops stationed in Bashiqa have transited to the north as part of a new arrangement," The Daily Mail said, quoting military sources.

It did not specify if they were moving deeper into northern Iraqi territory controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) -- which has strong relations with Ankara -- or heading back to Turkey.

The troops were carried in a convoy of 10-12 military vehicles but did not give further details on numbers.

Turkey earlier this month announced that hundreds of troops had been deployed at the camp to protect Turkish military trainers who were training local fighters seeking to recapture Mosul from Daesh jihadists.

But the deployment outraged the central Iraqi government in Baghdad, which bitterly complained to Ankara and said it would take the issue to the UN Security Council.

Sources: MENA

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