Saturday, November 5, 2016

Turkey Deploys More Military Equipment Near Iraqi Borders amid Rising Tensions with Baghdad

Ankara deployed new reinforcements for its armed forces in Turkey's Southeast near the border with Iraq, amid rising tensions between Baghdad and Ankara over the unwelcome Turkish military presence on Iraq's soil.

Turkish news agencies cited military sources as saying that a large number of armored vehicles have been shipped aboard cargo trains to bordering territories near Iraq.

The move by Ankara comes as tensions between Turkey and Iraq have risen to a new high, with top Iraqi officials insisting that the Turkish armed forces are urgently needed to leave Iraqi territories.

Despite repeated calls by Iraqi officials, local media reported earlier this week that Ankara has deployed numerous tanks and military hardware close to the border with Iraq.

According to a report published by Turkey's NTV, the unspecified number of tanks and armored vehicles headed from Central Turkey to the districts of Silopi and Sirnak in the Sirnak province.

Turkey initially deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to Northern Iraq reportedly to help national forces to reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIL militants.

Following the deployment, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish troops sent into the Bashiqa camp without Baghdad's approval.
 [farsnews.com]
5/11/16
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