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Iraqi president says Turkish deployment violates international law

BAGHDAD Iraqi President Fouad Massoum on Saturday known as the deployment of numerous hundred Turkish troops near the northern city of Mosul “a violation of international norms and law” and said it would raise regional tensions.

In an on the web statement, Massoum named on Turkey to withdraw the forces and asked Iraq’s foreign ministry to take the essential measures to preserve the country’s sovereignty and independence.

A Turkish security source mentioned on Friday that a number of hundred Turkish troops had been deployed to give instruction for Iraqi troops near Mosul, a city of far more than a single million folks which Islamic State militants overran in July 2014.

(Reporting by Ahmed Rasheed Writing by Stephen Kalin Editing by Toby Chopra)

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