Turkey's Erdogan says Iraq cannot handle Mosul assault alone

October 15, 2016 12:05 PM

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Turkey's Erdogan says Iraq cannot handle Mosul assault alone

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Iraq could not deal alone with driving Islamic State from the city of Mosul and that the presence of Turkish forces in a nearby military camp was an insurance against attacks on Turkey.

Turkey has been locked in a fierce row with Iraq's central government over the presence of Turkish troops at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq, and over who should take part in the planned U.S.-backed assault on Mosul.

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