USA Today: Sparks fly between Turkey, Iraq as battle looms to oust ISIL from Mosul
WASHINGTON — The leaders of Turkey and Iraq exchanged sharp words as they prepare for a military operation to oust Islamic State militants from the terror group’s last major redoubt in Iraq.
The latest salvo came from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in response to a demand from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that Turkey withdraw its troops from Iraq, where they’ve been training a multi-ethnic force to participate in the looming battle.
"You are not my interlocutor. You are not at my level. You are not my equivalent. You are not of the same quality as me," Erdogan said, referring to al-Abadi in a speech to Muslim religious leaders from the Balkans and Central Asia. "Your screaming and shouting in Iraq is of no importance to us. You should know that we will go our own way," Erdogan said, according to the Associated Press.
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WNU Editor: The Pentagon does not appear to be concerned .... Pentagon says fierce Iraq-Turkey feud won’t hinder key Islamic State battle (Washington Post). Even offering help for the Turks to leave .... US Pledges to Facilitate Turkish Troops Withdrawal From Iraq - Source (The Sputnik).
More News On The "War Of Words" Between Iraq And Turkey
Iraq FM rejects Turkey's pretexts for military presence in Iraq -- RUDAW
Iraq Summons Turkish Ambassador Over Erdogan's Remarks on Iraqi PM Abadi -- Sputnik
Turkey says botched assault on Iraq's Mosul would trigger refugee wave -- Reuters
Turkey, Iraq Edging Closer to Confrontation Ahead of Battle for Mosul -- The Cable/Foreign Policy
Turkey is crashing the party in Iraq and Syria -- RUDAW
Battle for Mosul: A row between Turkey and Iraq could derail the offensive -- Mark Lowen, BBC
Analysis: What is Turkey trying to achieve in Iraq? -- Birce Bora, Al Jazeera