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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)

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Israeli troops kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank, Gaza

HEBRON, West Bank The Israeli army killed a Palestinian who it said tried to ram his auto into soldiers near Hebron on Friday, and medics mentioned another Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces for the duration of a violent demonstration in the flashpoint West Bank city.

Violence also flared up on Friday in the Islamist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where Palestinians massed at the fenced-off border with Israel, throwing rocks at troops beyond. Army gunfire killed a 38-year-old Palestinian and wounded 58 other folks, Gaza medics said.

A campaign of stabbings, shootings and auto-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen considering that the commence of October. Israeli forces have killed 109 Palestinians, around two-thirds of whom the army identified as assailants.

Palestinians are frustrated at the failure of long-running peace efforts with Israel and its 48-year occupation of the West Bank. Several sympathize with Hamas calls for Israel’s destruction.

The bloodshed has also been fueled by Muslim agitation over stepped-up Israeli access to Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque complicated, which many Jews revere as a vestige of their biblical temples.

Close to Hebron, a large West Bank city exactly where both anti-Israel activism and friction with Jewish settlers are strong, a Palestinian motorist tried to ram troops at a checkpoint who then shot him dead, the army said.

“We saw the martyr’s auto parked and he stepped out of it and they fired about 15 bullets at him,” Osama Ahmed Tarawa, a Palestinian who said he was working at a building site nearby at the time of the incident, told Reuters.

Citing an initial investigation, an army spokeswoman mentioned that soon after crashing into the checkpoint, the motorist emerged from the auto carrying a knife, apparently intent on stabbing the soldiers. A relative of the dead man gave his age as 55.

In the second incident in Hebron, the army mentioned troops fired at Palestinians who attacked them with rocks and petrol bombs following non-lethal riot-dispersal measures failed. Palestinians mentioned a 22-year-old regional man was fatally shot in the chest.

Earlier on Friday, Israeli officials stated a Palestinian gunman fired at a checkpoint on the northern West Bank boundary, causing no casualties, and was then shot by guards and fled.

The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have expressed concern about the increasing death toll, urging both sides to apply restraint, while also recognizing Israel’s correct to self-defense in the face of the street attacks.

(Reporting by Ali Sawafta, Nidal al-Mughrabi and Luke Baker Writing by Dan Williams Editing by Mark Trevelyan, Larry King)

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Putin says Russia backs Free of charge Syrian Army alongside Assad troops

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin said on Friday Russia supports the opposition Cost-free Syrian Army, providing it with air assistance, arms and ammunition in joint operations with Syrian troops against Islamist militants.

His statement appeared to be the first time Moscow mentioned it was really supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s opponents in the fight against Islamic State forces. Putin said last month the Russian air force had hit a number of “terrorist” targets offered by the Free Syrian Army.

Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes against Islamic State for a lot more than a year say that Russian jets have primarily hit other rebel forces in the west of Syria.

“The function of our aviation group assists in uniting the efforts of government troops and the Totally free Syrian Army,” Putin told an annual meeting at the defense ministry.

“Now several of its units numbering more than 5,000 troops are engaged in offensive actions against terrorists, alongside normal forces, in the provinces of Homs, Hama, Aleppo and Raqqa,” he mentioned, referring to the Totally free Syrian Army.

“We support it from the air, as effectively as the Syrian army, we help them with weapons, ammunition and offer material support.”

Putin said strikes by Russia’s air force and navy had inflicted heavy damage on the infrastructure of Islamic State, which controls large areas of eastern Syria and western Iraq.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu mentioned, however, that the influence of Islamic State was escalating in Syria, where militants handle about 70 % of the country.

The number of IS fighters in Iraq and Syria totals about 60,000, Shoigu mentioned, and there is a threat of violence spilling more than into post-Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Speaking to his generals, Putin issued a veiled warning to Turkey, whose downing of a Russian bomber jet near the Syrian-Turkish border final month sent bilateral relations to a freezing point and led Moscow to impose economic sanctions to Istanbul.

“I want to warn those who may possibly again attempt to stage provocations against our troops,” he stated.

“I order you to act in an very tough way. Any targets threatening Russia’s (military) group or our land infrastructure must be immediately destroyed,” Putin told the generals.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier on Friday called on Russia for calm, but said Turkey’s patience is not unlimited.

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov Further reporting by Maria Tsvetkova and Vladimir Soldatkin Editing by Christian Lowe and Tom Heneghan)

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Erdogan says out of query Turkish troops will leave Iraq

Speaking at a press conference, Erdogan mentioned that the troops were there for instruction Kurdish peshmerga fighters and not combat purposes.

He also mentioned there would be a trilateral meeting amongst Turkey, the United States and Kurdish northern Iraqi authorities on Dec. 21 but made no mention of a feasible meeting with Baghdad.

(Reporting by Jonny Hogg Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Turkey defends ground troops in Iraq as war escalates

ISTANBUL/ERBIL Turkey mentioned on Monday it would not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a base in northern Iraq, despite being ordered by Baghdad to pull them out inside 48 hours.

The sudden arrival of such a huge and heavily armed Turkish contingent in a camp near the frontline in northern Iraq has added but yet another controversial deployment to a war against Islamic State fighters that has drawn in most of the world’s major powers.

Ankara says the troops are there as portion of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight against Islamic State. The Iraqi government says it never ever invited such a force, and will take its case to the United Nations if they are not pulled out.

Washington, which is leading an international coalition against Islamic State that contains Turkey, Arab states and European powers like Britain and France, has told Ankara and Baghdad to resolve the standoff, and says it does not help deployments in Iraq with out Baghdad’s consent.

The Turkish troops’ presence is an embarrassment for Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi, beneath powerful stress from strong Iran-backed Shi’ite political groups to kick them out.

Shi’ite parties linked to militia groups armed and funded by Iran have also complained about U.S. plans to station special forces in Iraq to conduct raids and guide bombs against Islamic State. Political stress on Abadi could make these plans far more tough to carry out.

Political analysts saw last week’s deployment in northern Iraq by Turkey, which has the second greatest army in NATO, as a bid to assert its influence in the face of improved Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq.

“Turkey appears to be angling to prove to the Russians and Iranians that they will not be permitted to have either the Syrian or Iraqi war theaters only to themselves,” stated Aydin Selcen, former consul basic of Turkey in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.

OUR DUTY

The troops arrived on Thursday with tanks and armored personnel carriers at a camp in territory held by Iraqi Kurds near the Islamic State-held northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ankara mentioned they have been there to support safeguard a education mission close to the front line.

“It is our duty to supply safety for our soldiers delivering education there,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview on Turkey’s Kanal 24 tv.

“Everybody is present in Iraq … The objective of all of them is clear. Train-and-equip advisory support is being provided. Our presence there is not a secret,” he added.

Abadi has referred to as the Turkish deployment a violation of Iraqi sovereignty. Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said Iraq was nevertheless waiting for Turkey to respond officially.

“In case we have not received any optimistic indicators before the deadline we set for the Turkish side, then we maintain our legal appropriate to file a complaint to the Security Council to stop this significant violation to Iraqi sovereignty,” he stated.

A senior Turkish official mentioned Baghdad’s objections had come as a surprise: “There was no single development … that occurred without informing the central government.”

“The military personnel for education will keep. Not since we want them (there) especially but due to the fact there is a demand from the Iraqi side. The discussion with the central government still continues,” the official told reporters.

He mentioned the total quantity of Turkish troops across Iraq was considerably much less than 1,000 soldiers, with some having arrived from Turkey and others sent to the base from other parts of Iraq.

Islamic State militants overran Mosul, Iraq’s main northern city and residence to around 2 million folks, in June 2014. An expected counter-offensive by Iraqi forces has been repeatedly postponed because they are involved in fighting elsewhere.

The U.S.-led coalition has been staging air strikes on Islamic State bases in each Iraq and Syria for much more than a year.

Russia joined the regional conflict with air strikes of its personal on Syria two months ago, and like Iran is allied to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, who is opposed by Turkey, the United States and their allies. Turkey shot down a Russian warplane final month, causing a breakdown in relations with Moscow.

IRAQI ULTIMATUM

Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama’s envoy to the international coalition to counter Islamic State, stated on Twitter that Washington did not help missions in Iraq with no permission of Baghdad, which he stated also applied to U.S. missions there.

The camp occupied by the Turkish troops is becoming utilized by a force named Hashid Watani, or national mobilization, produced up of mainly Sunni Arab former Iraqi police and volunteers from Mosul.

It is observed as a counterweight to Shi’ite militias that have grown in clout elsewhere in Iraq with Iranian backing, and was formed by former Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi, who has close relations with Turkey. A modest quantity of Turkish trainers had been currently there prior to the newest deployment.

The government of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish area, whose safety forces handle the location where the Turks are deployed, backed up Ankara’s explanation: Thursday’s deployment was intended to expand the capacity of the instruction base, stated Safeen Dizayee, Kurdish government spokesman.

“The increase of personnel calls for some protection.”

Although Turkey is strongly suspicious of Kurds in Syria, it has great relations with Iraq’s Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani.

“Turkey, operating via the Nujaifis and the Barzanis, is attempting to establish its personal sphere of influence in northern Iraq,” stated Aaron Stein, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

(Extra reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in Istanbul, Ahmed Rasheed in Baghdad, Orhan Coskun and Tulay Karadeniz in Ankara Writing by Nick Tattersall Editing by Pravin Char, Peter Millership and Peter Graff)

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NATO says will not send ground troops to fight IS: report

ZURICH NATO has ruled out sending ground troops to fight against Islamic State militants in Syria, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg told a Swiss newspaper, stressing the need to bolster local forces in the conflict.

“That is not on the agenda of the coalition and the NATO allies,” he told the Tages-Anzeiger paper when asked about dispatching ground forces to accompany air strikes.

“The United States has a limited number of special forces. In the foreground, however, is strengthening local forces. This is not easy, but it’s the only option,” he added

Stoltenberg stressed that the conflict was not a war between the West and the Islamic world, but rather against “extremism and terrorism”.

“Muslims are on the front line in this war. Most victims are Muslims, and most of those who fight against the IS are Muslims. We can not carry on this struggle for them,” he said.

Stoltenberg pointed out that NATO would help Turkey improve its air defenses after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet last month. The alliance will adopt a package of measures for Turkey before Christmas, he added.

He emphasized the need to calm the standoff with Russia after the plane was shot down.

“Now it is important to de-escalate and to develop mechanisms to prevent similar incidents in the future. We see a significant build-up of the Russian military presence from the far north to the Mediterranean. There, too, we need to avoid similar incidents such as in Turkey,” he said.

He called for Russia to “play a more constructive role in the fight against IS. So far, Russia has attacked other groups and focused on supporting the Assad regime.”

U.S. President Barack Obama said last week his decision to send more U.S. special forces to combat Islamic State in Iraq was not an indication that the United States was heading for another invasion like the one in 2003.

Obama has said his strategy to fight the militant group in Iraq and Syria does not include U.S. ground combat troops, but the Pentagon announced it would send a new force of special operations troops.

(Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Iraqi defense minister asks Turkey to withdraw troops

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BAGHDAD Iraq’s defense minister mentioned on Sunday he had told his Turkish counterpart that hundreds of Turkish forces deployed inside northern Iraq had been sent without informing or coordinating with Baghdad, and have to be withdrawn.

Khaled al-Obeidi stated in a statement that the Turkish defense minister had explained the deployment as needed to defend Turkish military advisers instruction Iraqi forces at a camp near Mosul. But Obeidi stated the Turkish force was as well large for such a objective.

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Turkish soldiers instruction Iraqi troops near Mosul: sources

ISTANBUL/ANKARA A number of hundred Turkish soldiers have been deployed to give instruction for Iraqi troops in an area close to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which is beneath Islamic State control, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Friday.

Islamic State militants overran Mosul, a city of more than one million men and women, in June 2014, but a much anticipated counter-offensive by Iraqi forces has been repeatedly postponed because they are involved in fighting elsewhere.

“Turkish soldiers have reached the Mosul Bashiqa region. They are there as element of routine education workout routines. One battalion has crossed into the area,” the source said, declining to say precisely how many soldiers had been deployed.

He said troops had already been in Iraqi Kurdistan and had moved to Mosul accompanied by armored autos, in a move which coalition countries targeting Islamic State were aware of.

Video released on the site of Turkey’s pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper showed flatbed trucks carrying armored automobiles along a road at evening, describing them as a convoy accompanying the Turkish troops to Bashiqa.

A statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s media workplace confirmed that Turkish troops numbering “about one armed battalion with a quantity of tanks and cannons” had entered its territory close to Mosul with no request or permission from Baghdad authorities. It referred to as on the forces to leave right away.

In a separate statement flashed on state Tv, the Iraqi foreign ministry known as the Turkish activity “an incursion” and rejected any military operation that was not coordinated with the federal government.

A senior Kurdish military officer based on the Bashiqa front line, north of Mosul, said further Turkish trainers had arrived at a camp in the region overnight on Thursday escorted by a Turkish protection force.

He said he was not aware of the size of the force and refused to speculate.

The camp is employed by a force known as Hashid Watani (national mobilization), which is created up of primarily Sunni Arab former Iraqi police and volunteers from Mosul.

It was formed by former governor Atheel al-Nujaifi, who is close to Turkey. There was currently a modest number of Turkish trainers there before this most current deployment

“Our soldiers are currently in Iraq. A battalion of soldiers has gone there. Instruction was currently becoming offered in that region for the final two to 3 years. This is a portion of that education,” 1 senior Turkish official stated.

In Washington, two U.S. defense officials mentioned on Friday that the United States was aware of Turkey’s deployment of hundreds of Turkish soldiers to northern Iraq but that the move is not component of the U.S.-led coalition’s activities.

PESHMERGA

An additional senior Turkish official stated the soldiers in the area had been there to train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

Turkey has close relations with the Kurdish autonomous zone of northern Iraq, although it views Syrian Kurdish groups across the border as hostile to its interests.

“This is component of the fight against Daesh (Islamic State),” he said, adding that there were around 20 armored vehicles accompanying them as protection.

Islamic State occupies swathes of Iraq and Syria, profiting from disunity among groups opposing it.

On Tuesday, the United States mentioned it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighboring Syria, ratcheting up its campaign against the group.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office has said it welcomed foreign assistance but Iraq’s government would need to have to approve any deployment of unique operations forces anywhere in Iraq.

Abadi reiterated that foreign ground combat troops have been not necessary in Iraq. Potent Iraqi Shi’ite Muslim armed groups have pledged to fight any deployment of U.S. forces to the country. It was unclear how they viewed the presence of Turkish soldiers.

(Further reporting by Isabel Coles in Erbil, Stephen Kalin in Baghdad, Ahmed Tolba in Cairo and Phil Stewart in Washington Writing by Daren Butler Editing by Ralph Boulton and James Dalgleish)

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