Turkey decided to recall its forces back from northern Iraq

ANKARA: Turkey on Monday withdrew some of its soldiers from a camp in Iraq, its prime minister announced, and days after Iraq had demanded that Turkish troops immediately leave Iraqi territory. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the A Haber news channel that "a group of soldiers" were pulled out due to a "military necessity." He would not elaborate, citing security reasons. Turkey has had troops near the Islamic State group-held city of Mosul in northern Iraq since last year to help train local Kurdish and Sunni forces, but the arrival of additional troops earlier this month sparked uproar in Baghdad. Turkey subsequently halted new deployments but has refused to withdraw its soldiers. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called for the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq in a national address Friday night, insisting that no foreign forces are needed to fight IS in his country. He also asked the Foreign Ministry to complain to the United Nations about the presence of Turkish troops.(Jakarta Post)