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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 07:26 GMT

Turkey- Barzani: Turkish forces came to Iraq with Baghdad's consent

(MENAFN- The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) President of Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government Masoud Barzani said Tuesday that Turkish forces came to Iraq in coordination with Baghdad to provide military training for “Al-Hashd al-Watani” (National Mobilization) that will participate in the anti-Daesh operation in Mosul.

During a joint press conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeiera Barzani said that “there is an agreement between Baghdad and Ankara about deploying Turkish forces near Mosul.”

He described reactions to the matter as “exaggerated.”

Barzani said that he will visit Turkey on Wednesday with the aim of enhancing coordination with Ankara in the fight against Daesh. He also said that the recent tension with Baghdad will be discussed.

Turkey on Friday deployed around 150 Turkish troops to replace forces already in the area as part of a training program for Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.

Along with the troops 20 to 25 tanks were also dispatched to the area.Turkish army sources said Saturday that they had been training fighters in four provinces of northern Iraqwith the ultimate aim of fighting Daesh.

According to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) the fresh deployments of Turkish military equipment and experts are meant to replace a unit already deployed in northernIraq.

According to the Turkish military Peshmerga forces have received training in the use of heavy machine guns mortars and artillery. They have also received first-aid training.

More than 2500 Peshmerga fighters including officers have participated in the Turkish training program the military added.

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