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)


Egypt’s former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

Updated 24 April 2018
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Egypt’s former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

CAIRO: A defense lawyer says an Egyptian military court has convicted the country’s former anti-graft chief of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison.
Hesham Genena was arrested in February following incendiary comments he made in a television interview in which he claimed that the former chief-of-staff Sami Annan was in possession of documents incriminating the country’s “leadership.”
Annan was arrested in January shortly after he announced his intention to challenge President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in March presidential election. He was accused of incitement against the military and forgery.
El-Sisi ran virtually unopposed, winning the election with 97 percent of the vote.
Defense lawyer Hossam Lotfy says Tuesday’s verdict against Genena will be appealed. Another defense lawyer, Ali Taha, confirmed the verdict in a Facebook posting.