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Turkey: 'Know your place!' - Erdogan shuts down Iraqi PM over Mosul operation01:49

Turkey: 'Know your place!' - Erdogan shuts down Iraqi PM over Mosul operation

Turkey, Istanbul
October 11, 2016 at 16:59 GMT -00:00 · Published

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that the Turkish military would not take instructions from Bagdad, speaking from Istanbul, Tuesday, as Ankara prepares to take part in plans to retake the city of Mosul.

Speaking at the 9th Eurasian Islamic Council, Ergogan relayed to the Iraqi prime minister, "I am saying once again, he is insulting me, you are not my counterpart, you are not on my level, you are not my equivalent, I want you know that well, you are of the same quality as me, your screaming and shouting in Iraq is of no importance to us, we will do whatever is necessary."

Erdogan stressed that the prime minister himself asked for the creation of a Bashiqa military base close to the city of Mosul. Ankara keeps a reported 2,000 soldiers in Iraq, with a quarter stationed at the Barshiqa camp. However, their troops are there with the consent of the self-styled Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, not Baghdad’s, who have called on Ankara to remove its troops.

Turkey: 'Know your place!' - Erdogan shuts down Iraqi PM over Mosul operation01:49
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi that the Turkish military would not take instructions from Bagdad, speaking from Istanbul, Tuesday, as Ankara prepares to take part in plans to retake the city of Mosul.

Speaking at the 9th Eurasian Islamic Council, Ergogan relayed to the Iraqi prime minister, "I am saying once again, he is insulting me, you are not my counterpart, you are not on my level, you are not my equivalent, I want you know that well, you are of the same quality as me, your screaming and shouting in Iraq is of no importance to us, we will do whatever is necessary."

Erdogan stressed that the prime minister himself asked for the creation of a Bashiqa military base close to the city of Mosul. Ankara keeps a reported 2,000 soldiers in Iraq, with a quarter stationed at the Barshiqa camp. However, their troops are there with the consent of the self-styled Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, not Baghdad’s, who have called on Ankara to remove its troops.

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