Davutoglu says relocating troops in Iraq military necessity

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says relocation of Turkish soldiers in northern Iraq is ‘military necessity’

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Davutoglu did not reveal the new location of troops in Iraq due to security concerns

Following the relocation of Turkish troops in northern Iraq, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday said the "rearrangement" is part of military necessity.

"Turkey has always done what military necessities [require]... we have taken steps necessary for rearrangement as we mentioned in the statement issued by the Prime Ministry," Davutoglu said during an interview with a Turkish media outlet.

Earlier on Monday, Turkish military sources said that some Turkish soldiers deployed at the Bashiqa training camp in northern Iraq had been moved to another part of the region, without revealing the name of the location.

Davutoglu too did prefer not to announce the exact location where the Turkish troops were sent due to "security" concerns.

"Where they are dispatched, what happens to them, such [details about the] activities [are] of military privacy, otherwise, the safety of our soldiers will be in danger," the prime minister added.

Ankara had deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to the camp in Bashiqa to increase the security of personnel training the local forces fighting against DAESH terror group.

Following the Dec. 4 deployment of troops to the site near Mosul, Baghdad had called the move a “violation of Iraqi sovereignty” and insisted the Turkish force be withdrawn.

But Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said the soldiers stationed in Bashiqa were there for training purposes at the request of the Iraqi government.

TRTWorld and agencies