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    Turkey Intends to Increase Military Presence on Border With Iraq

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his intention to boost military presence on the border with Iraq.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – According to Erdogan, if Shia militias start conducting terrorist attacks in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, predominantly populated with Iraqi Turkmen, Turkey will be able to respond.

    "We will build up troops in the Silopi districts [near the borders of Iraq and Syria]," Erdogan told journalists.

    However, Erdogan admitted, that he had no confirmation of the militia’s plans to attack the city.

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