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Iraqi VP: Turkey Plans Separate Mosul City from Iraq’s Soil

15 December 2015 22:25



Iraq’s Vice-President Nuri al-Maliki accused Turkey of plans to annex Iraq’s Mosul city.

“Turkey is greedy about Iraq and it is trying to separate Mosul from this country amid Iraq’s struggling with the current problems,” Maliki, also Iraq’ former Prime Minister, said.

Al-Maliki, however, said that Turkey’s dreams will never come true because the Iraqi nation has loudly voiced its opposition to the Turkish occupation and Baghdad has called for immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from Nineveh province.

Last week, Turkey dispatched its battalion of hundreds of soldiers to an area near the city of Mosul in Nineveh province on the pretext of providing military training to the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

On Monday, parliamentary sources in Iraq said that the Turkish army retreated troops from Northern Iraq early in the day.

Reports said on Monday that the Turkish military began their withdrawal from Iraq’s territory at 5 in the morning.

Member of the Iraqi parliament Salem Al-Shabak announced that Turkish troops have fully withdrawn from Zalkan military camp.

The withdrawal of Turkish forces was reached as an agreement between the central government in Baghdad and Kurdistan’s regional government, sources told FNA.

“Only Turkish advisers and technicians will remain at the military base as per the agreement,” the reports said.

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