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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Arab League Denounces 'Neo Ottoman conqueror' Turkey's Troop Deployment in Iraq.


Arab League Denounces 'Neo Ottoman conqueror' Turkey's Troop Deployment in Iraq. (Naharnet).

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi condemned on Thursday a Turkish military deployment in Iraq as a violation of international law, at a meeting called by Baghdad to pressure Ankara on withdrawing the forces.

"The Turkish military incursion into Iraq is a clear violation of international law and Iraqi sovereignty," Arabi said at the start of the foreign ministers meeting in the Cairo headquarters of the pan-Arab bloc.

Turkey announced on Saturday that it had begun withdrawing troops in a bid to de-escalate a bitter row with Baghdad and following a call from U.S. President Barack Obama.


Earlier this month, Turkey deployed troops to a base in Nineveh province where it has a long-running training program for forces battling the Islamic State jihadist group.

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