Iraq hits back at Erdogan
Tensions between Turkey and Iraq continued to escalate last night as Iraq’s prime minister rejected Turkish claims that their forces must be included in an operation to retake the militant-held city of Mosul. “We will liberate our land through the determination of our men and not by video calls,” Haider Al Abadi said on his Twitter account, mocking the Turkish president’s nationally broadcast video call to a TV journalist amid a failed coup attempt in July. On Tuesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (pictured) said Turkish forces cannot be excluded from the long-awaited operation to retake Mosul, telling Iraq’s Al Abadi to “know his place”. Turkey-Iraq relations became strained after Ankara sent troops late last year to the region of Bashiqa, northeast of Mosul, to train anti-ISIS fighters.