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)
Updated 11 January 2017
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Turkey says will discuss troop presence in Iraq once Daesh is removed

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)


Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

Updated 19 June 2018
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Libya loses 400,000 barrels of storage capacity due to militant attacks

LONDON: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) said that at least 400,000 barrels of storage capacity has been lost within the past few days due to militant attacks on Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra.
The NOC announced Monday that it has suffered “catastrophic losses” when two storage tanks were destroyed during fierce clashes in its oil crescent, northeast of the country.
Armed groups on Thursday attacked the Ras Lanuf and Al-Sidra terminals held by Haftar’s forces around 650 kilometers (400 miles) east of Tripoli.
Haftar led a “major offensive” on Sunday following the attacks to drive rival groups from the country’s northeastern oil crescent.
NOC chief Mustafa Sonallah warned in statements carried by Reuters that if oil exports from these terminals remain at a standstill it could cause a “national disaster.”
The oil firm warned on Friday that output could fall by up to 400,000 barrels per day if the export shutdown continues.