Turkey: Turkish soldiers to remain in Iraq says Turkish PM Yildirim

The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim defended the Turkish military intervention in Iraq, and said their soldiers were there to stay, despite criticism from officials in Baghdad. Yildirim was speaking to journalists in Ankara on Friday where he commented on the Iraqi parliament's description of Turkish troops as an "occupying force."
Yildirim defended Turkey's deployment, saying its troops were merely fulfilling their "duties" in fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), which he described as "the headache of the world." Yildrim also said he views official Baghdad statements on the Turkish campaign in Iraq as "extremely dangerous and provocative," considering there were "many countries" involved in the Iraqi conflict, fighting "in the name of humanity."
The Turkish PM said that Iraq should take concrete measures against the militants, which, he claimed, "they have fed at their chest for years and which has been a big pain for Turkey," instead of commenting on the Turkish intervention. "We have neither a pretension for Iraqi territory nor a hostile approach towards Iraq. We carry the responsibility to stop the clashes and to ensure peace in the region," stated Yildirim.

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