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Iraq on Wednesday warned that it will consider military action if Turkey does not comply with Baghdad's latest demand to withdraw troops from a northern camp where they are training anti-Daesh fighters.

Ankara earlier this month deployed Turkish troops to northern Iraq to train a Sunni Muslim militia to fight Daesh militants. The deployment outraged Baghdad, which claims the move violates Iraq's sovereignty.

In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, while riding in Raqqa city in Syria
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On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Turkey had not honored a commitment to withdraw its troops from the region.

Abadi said in a statement that a Turkish delegation to Iraq promised to announce, upon returning to Ankara, that Turkey would withdraw its troops, "but the Turkish government has not respected the agreement and we request that the Turkish government announce immediately that it will withdraw from Iraqi territory."

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Wednesday said that Baghdad will continue to pursue a peaceful resolution, but warned that if "fighting is imposed on us, we will consider it [necessary] to protect our sovereignty, people and resources," the Associated Press reported.

In response, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday said that if Baghdad wants to use force, it should be against Daesh.

Speaking during an interview on NTV, Davutoglu acknowledged there had been "miscommunication" over the troop deployment. He said that Ankara respected Iraqi sovereignty but added that Baghdad is not in control of one third of its own territory.

On Monday, Iraqi forces backed by US-led airstrikes drove Daesh militants out of the center of Ramadi, the capital of the western Anbar province, raising the Iraqi flag over the main government complex.

Daesh seized control of Ramadi in May in what was the terror group's biggest advance since the beginning of the US-led air campaign in August 2014.

General Ismail al-Mahlawi, the provincial military commander, said operations were paused in Ramadi on Wednesday due to rainy weather, the AP reported. Daesh militants still control about 30% of the city.

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  • marcanhalt
    "Okay, (clapping the dust of his hands), Ramadi is back in our possession, now what other projects need to be micromanaged? What did you say Ahmet said? 'Davutoglu said that Ankara respected Iraqi sovereignty but added that Baghdad is not in control of one third of its own territory." Did he really say our 'own territory." I guess that he is admitting that he does not belong here then. Are the tanks ready for deployment? Then, by all means, let's head north while everyone is still hot, and see if we can get them to repeat that we are not in control of our own territory! God, I love to read the man General Patton!"
  • Now I am scared to death! They will consider attacking Turkey!?! Consider?

    Well, for the record we have considered and concluded 4 weeks ago, or the very same day Turkey invaded Iraq that it would have to be done as the Turks won't pull (it) out of Iraq's backside. The Iraqi government is still using - simple future tense - to talk to the Turks!?!

    They won't and they can't do anything about it forcefully. :) Perhaps they should use some of Gandhi's methods.
  • buckwheatisback
    Training anti Dash my ass, the Islamist pig fornicating Turks are supplying ISIS and fighting the Kurds in Iraq. Also keep in mind that there illegal oil routs have been changed due to Russia's bombing campaign, Russia is not doing any war opts in northern Iraq-Turkish boarder.
  • marcanhaltin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    vendor, You mean lie on a bed of nails first? Or walk through a bed of live coals" Or play Brahm's "Lullaby" to a young cobra? Just to cover all the alternatives to a smack down? :-)
  • Just bomb them back to Turkey and hope that none of them crosses the border alive.
  • danielmartin516
    Iraqi government should ask the Russians s to evict the Turkish intruders
  • in reply tomarcanhalt(Show commentHide comment)
    marcanhalt, Yep. The Guruji style :)
  • in reply todanielmartin516(Show commentHide comment)
    danielmartin516, during season 1 or? I cannot remember if they won immunity?
  • in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky, you violent person, you. But then the Russians may hit the oil tankers accidentally!
  • BlueStar
    Threaten military action, after numerous deadline came and passed already. I just wonder!
  • gmpratt
    What a surprise! Most of the world thinks Turkey and ISIL cooperate. Supplies and recruits go from Turkey to the terrorists. Oil goes from the terrorists to Turkey.

    But now we read in Sputnik "Ankara earlier this month deployed Turkish troops to northern Iraq to train a Sunni Muslim militia to fight Daesh [ISIL] militants."

    Gosh! Who knew Turkey was opposed to ISIL?

    Maybe they are not. But the Turkish deployment in Iraq weakens the Shia (pro-Iran, Pro-Syria, pro-Hezbollah) government which is exactly what the Jews who have stolen Palestine want.

    The Iraqi government is also pro-Russian. The day is rapidly approaching when Sputnik will have to openly declare for Russia and or the Jews. It is obvious which side Sputnik is on.
  • Alexey Yarmolenko
    Iraq has old and outdated anglo equipement given to them by anglos, Turkey has the latest anglo weaponry and has full support from the anglo pigs. Iraq is just an oil colony.
  • ivanwa88
    Turkey has multi fold agenda with its troops in Iraq, 1. will they open fire on advancing troops as they push Daesh to border. 2. Are they waiting to push across the North West of Mosul into Syria to attack Kurds and give support to Daesh 3. protecting new oil routes. Either way there presence is highly provocative and could be a trigger to bring the pirates of Nato in if Russians repels those troops? or is it simple just an act of occupation in the mould of Israeli wars with neighbours in past. I guess the statement that 1/3 of Iraq territory is not in control of government eludes to that. Or are they there to ensure Washington assets escape from Mosul under cover of Turkish troops. Inc there battalion of Iraqi born seals (code name flipper) trained in US. Fighting with Daesh? or is it all of the above. What happened to the UN statement on Turkish troops after Iraqi complaint. Turkey yesterday asked Serbia to act as intermediary with Russia yet they cant keep there nose out of Iraq, delusional. Trying to emulate Israel in there US supported actions of past! thats simple not repeatable or acceptable.
  • Donboston27
    Turkey really thinks the world is stupid . Turkey training kurdish troops ? Who are they lying to only themselves it seems . We all know Turkey considers the kurds as terrorists and its arch enemy the last thing they would do is make them stronger . Also at same time they are bombing other kurdish areas and troop positions . The truth is Turkey is concerned isis and nusra front might be destroyed so they entered first to prtect isis and also to train isis soldiers and new jihadists recruits . By now its clear to most if the world that turkey supports isis in many ways , why isnt the socalled intl community outraged and up in arms demanding sanctioning turkey until they quit propping up isis . UN IS A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY , they sold out to the highest bidder. A holes
  • husainnasir
    Iraqis please assign the work of kicking the turkish troops to Russians. Putin will cock them in one day.
  • Athanasiosin reply toDonboston27(Show commentHide comment)
    Donboston27, the Turks have invaded and have occupied the Northern part of Cyprus for about 41 years now. All the UN has done is to pass resolutions (e.g., for Turkish troops withdrawal). I will not be surprised if Israel and Turkey begin full cooperation in exploiting the huge natural gas reserves of Cyprus, with the help of US oil companies, of course.
  • Peter Mayson
    Enough talk, Iraq must act by sending its own bombers, with an official request to Russia (the USA won't help, they are on the Ottoman Empire's side) to help with air-space control..NOW!
  • Peter Mayson
    (Erdogan, you must understand, is a typical playground bully. He won't move until the weaker side suddenly gets stronger. ..and Iraq can only get stronger if it uses its true allies like Russia and Iran, not fake allies like the USA)..
  • jaodernein ilitiofoniate
    Unfortunately the Iraqi forces aren't strong enough to attack Turkish invasion force, and if they'll resolve to do that, Turkey will escalate and send much more troops and tanks, so accomplishing a final occupation of the region
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