Turkey says will continue to pull troops from northern Iraqi province

December 19, 2015 22:09

ISTANBUL - Turkey has acknowledged a "miscommunication" with Iraq over its recent deployment of troops to the Bashiqa military base in northern Iraq, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Saturday.

The ministry said in a statement that Turkey would continue to move some of its troops out of Nineveh province, where the camp is based.

Ankara deployed hundreds of troops to Bashiqa in early December, saying the force was part of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State. Baghdad slammed the move, saying it had never invited such a force.

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