Iraq hits back at Er­do­gan

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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.

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