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Turks maintaining troops in Iraqi camp, Baghdad turns to U.N.

ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD President Tayyip Erdogan declared on Friday he would not bow to Iraqi demands he withdraw Turkish troops from a camp close to the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, and Baghdad stated it would ask the U.N. Security Council to order them to leave.

A row over the deployment has soured relations between Ankara and Baghdad, which denies possessing agreed to it. Ankara says the troops were sent as component of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State.

The newest comments indicated continuing tensions in spite of the Turkish prime minister’s office saying agreement was reached in talks with Iraq to deepen security cooperation and “reorganize” military personnel at the Bashiqa camp.

“There is no way we can withdraw our soldiers from northern Iraq now,” Erdogan told a news conference. “There was a deployment, not for combat, but to defend soldiers providing instruction there.”

“We will continue the education method decisively,” he stated.

Turkish military are assisting to train nearby Iraqi volunteers and Kurdish peshmerga who are preparing for a long-anticipated offensive to retake Mosul – a significant northern city seized by Islamic state over a year ago.

In Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi instructed his foreign ministry to lodge a formal complaint at the U.N. Security Council over the presence of the Turkish forces, asking it to order Turkey to withdraw its troops from Iraq instantly.

Erdogan said in an interview with Al Jazeera that the complaint was not an “honest step”.

“They can resort to the U.N. Safety Council, that is their all-natural correct, but this is not an truthful step and we believe that Iraq’s actions are related to the latest developments in the area, that is, the steps taken by Russia and Iran.

“I believe that the Safety Council at the United Nations knows that this step is not sincere and will issue its decision accordingly,” he stated.

Earlier, Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urged the government to show “no tolerance” for any infringement of the country’s sovereignty. Sistani’s spokesman, Sheikh Abdul Mehdi Karbala’i, did not explicitly name Turkey.

Sistani also mentioned Iraq’s neighbors need to not send any troops to Iraq “below the pretext of fighting terrorism”, except with the approval of the Baghdad government.

“The Iraqi government is responsible for guarding Iraq’s sovereignty and have to not tolerate any side that infringes upon on it, what ever the justifications and necessities,” Karbalai’i stated in a weekly sermon.

SHOW RESTRAINT

Sistani urged citizens to show restraint toward foreign residents of Iraq, following Shi’ite paramilitary groups threatened to use force against Turkey and target its interests to force it to pull out.

In Ankara, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s workplace mentioned in a statement that Turkey had decided in talks with Iraqi officials to “reorganize” its military personnel at the Bashiqa camp

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and National Intelligence Agency (MIT) head Hakan Fidan visited Baghdad on Thursday for talks with Abadi on the situation.

“Taking into account the Iraqi government’s sensitivity, the selection was taken to reorganize the military personnel in the protection force at the Bashiqa camp,” Davutoglu’s workplace mentioned.

It did not say what the troop reorganization would involve, but said agreement was reached to start off perform on making mechanisms to deepen cooperation with the Iraqi government on security concerns.

Davutoglu stated on Wednesday the soldiers had been sent to northern Iraq right after a threat from Islamic State militants to Turkish military trainers in the region improved.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz, Ercan Gurses and by Tom Finn in DOHA Writing by Daren Butler Editing by Nick Tattersall, Ralph Boulton and Louise Ireland)

Agen Sabung Ayam

Syria accuses U.S. coalition of attacking army camp, Washington denies

BEIRUT Syria’s government mentioned the U.S.-led military coalition have carried out a deadly air strike on a Syrian army camp, but officials from the U.S-led alliance mentioned the report was false.

Syria mentioned 4 coalition jets killed three soldiers and wounded 13 in the eastern Deir al-Zor province on Sunday evening, calling it an act of aggression, the very first time it has created such an accusation.

Any such strike by U.S.-led coalition planes, which have been focusing their fire on Islamic State militants, would additional complicate an increasingly regional conflict now practically 5 years old.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported earlier that jets most likely to be from the coalition hit element of the Saeqa military camp close to the town of Ayyash in Deir al-Zor province, killing 4 Syrian army personnel.

But Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama’s envoy to the coalition, mentioned on his Twitter account: “Reports of coalition involvement are false.”

Colonel Steve Warren, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S-led coalition, mentioned the alliance had conducted 4 strikes in the Deir al-Zor province on Sunday, all against oil nicely heads.

“Our strikes have been roughly 55 kilometers (35 miles)south east of Ayyash. We did not strike any vehicles or personnel targets. We have no indication any Syrian soldiers have been near our strikes,” he said.

A U.S. defense official, who declined to be named, dismissed the idea that the coalition would target the Syrian military.

“We are not at war with the Assad regime and have no cause to target the Syrian Army,” the official stated. “We are aware that Russia carried out long-range bomber strikes into Syria yesterday.”

Yet another U.S. defense official stated Deir al-Zor was amongst the places Russia had targeted on Sunday. Russian officials were not quickly accessible for comment.

The U.S.-led coalition first launched air strikes against Islamic State in Syria in September 2014, soon after beginning aerial operations against the group in neighbouring Iraq the earlier month.

Its strikes have regularly targeted Deir al-Zor province in eastern Syria, most of which is held by Islamic State, like oilfields that are a source of revenue for the group.

The province hyperlinks Islamic State’s de facto capital in Raqqa with territory controlled by the group in Iraq.

“FLAGRANT AGGRESSION”

Britain joined the United States and its allies last week in the bombing campaign against Islamic State in Syria, before proposed international peace talks later this month. Syria’s fragmented opposition are set to meet in Riyadh this week to try to unite ahead of the talks.

The Syrian foreign ministry stated jets fired nine missiles at the camp, state Tv reported.

The ministry sent letters to U.N. Secretary Basic and to the head of the U.N. Safety Council condemning the “flagrant aggression,” state news agency SANA stated.

It urged the United Nations to take “instant action and take the needed measures to prevent a repeat” of the incident.

The foreign ministry stated 3 armoured autos, four military vehicles and a weapons cache and ammunition had also been destroyed.

The strikes “confirm once once again that the American coalition lacks the seriousness and trust (needed) to fight terrorism in an powerful way,” it said.

The Syrian government has only a limited presence in Deir al-Zor province, which is mainly controlled by Islamic State.

Syria’s ally Russia is waging its personal air campaign in assistance of President Bashar al-Assad, and has also been striking in Deir al-Zor.

Russia’s air raids have hit some Islamic State targets, but the United States and its allies say most of them have hit other foreign-backed rebel groups.

In Deir al-Zor city, an additional air strike overnight killed a woman and two of her young children, the Observatory stated.

(Further reporting Tom Perry and Mariam Karouny in Beirut, and Phil Stewart and Jonathan Landay in Washington Editing by Nick Macfie and Tom Heneghan)

Agen Sabung Ayam