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Baghdad and Ankara agreed on withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq
19:54, 7 January 2017
Baghdad and Ankara agreed on withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraq

Details of the agreement are not announced

19:54, 7 January 2017

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced that his country and Turkey failed to settle the question of the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Iraqi territory from a camp near the town of Bashiq, reports The Daily Star.

The publication, which refers to Iraqi television, did not disclose the details of the agreement.

Statement of the Iraqi prime minister was preceded by his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim in Baghdad.

The presence of the Turkish military in the area of Bashiq previously has caused increasing tensions between Iraq and Turkey. The Turkish leadership have stated that the Turkish military are in the camp to protect Turkey against terrorism and train local troops to combat terrorists.

Earlier the Iraqi army has ejected "Islamic state" militia from the strategically important area of Mosul, the battle for which resumed with renewed vigor on the New Year’s Eve.

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