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Turkey says will discuss troop presence in Iraq once Daesh is removed

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (L) walks with Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani at the end of his visit to Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on January 8, 2017. (AFP / SAFIN HAMED)
ANKARA: Turkey will discuss with Iraq the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul after the area is cleared of Islamic State, and the matter will be resolved in a friendly manner, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Wednesday.
“Turkey respects Iraq’s territorial integrity and unity, and the presence of our troops in Bashiqa is not a choice but a necessity,” Isik told reporters in Kirikkale, a city east of the capital Ankara, in comments broadcast live.
He said Turkish troops in Iraq had carried out a successful mission and killed more than 700 Daesh militants.

(Reporting by Ercan Gurses)

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