Turkey relocates some troops from Bashiqa in northern Iraq

Turkey relocates some of its troops from Bashiqa training camp to another region of northern Iraq as part of new arrangement

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

Trainees seen in Bashiqa camp in this Anadolu Agency archive photo taken on March 2, 2015

Turkey relocates some of its troops from Bashiqa training camp to another region of northern Iraq as part of a new arrangement, Turkish military sources said on Monday.

Following the reports, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish military presence in Mosul will continue for training purposes with "new arrangements."

The troops left the camp with a convoy of 10 to 12 vehicles, sources said, without giving further information about the number of relocated soldiers.

Turkish Prime Ministry last week said that the Turkish troops, who have been deployed to the Bashiqa camp near Iraq’s Mosul in order to train Iraqi forces against the threat of DAESH, would be reorganized taking Iraqi government’s sensitivities into consideration.

Turkey has deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to the camp to increase the security of personnel training the local forces against DAESH.

After the deployment, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi asked Turkey to withdraw its troops describing the situation as "violation of Iraqi sovereignty."

Turkey has been training Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army units since last year, with the request of Abadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week. 

"During a visit to Turkey in 2014, Haider al Abadi asked us to support them by giving military training and upon that a military camp was established in Bashiqa region of Iraq. They know this fact very well. Now I am asking why they have been silent over Turkish troops since that time?" Erdogan has said in an interview to Al Jazeera.

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