Turkish president says Iranian and Iraqi policies in Syria led to sectarianism

December 9, 2015 22:14

DOHA - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says that Turkish troops had been stationed at a military base in northern Iraq at the request of Iraq's leader since 2014, al-Jazeera reported on Wednesday.

"Elements of the army have been at Camp Bashiqa at (Iraqi Prime Minister Haider) al-Abadi's request since 2014," said Erdogan.

The Turkish leader also blamed the policies of neighboring Iraq and Iran for the rise of sectarianism in Syria.

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