Turkey to Withdraw Troops From Northern Iraq, U.S. not Consulted

by John Galt
January 8, 2017 11:00 ET

In another slap to the face of the Obama administration, the government of Turkey has agreed to withdraw its troops which occupied parts of Northern Iraq:


What makes matters even more humiliating for Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama is that there was no American representative present at the meeting nor was Washington consulted about this plan to normalize relations between Baghdad and Ankara.

From Al-Arabiya:

Turkey ‘agrees on withdrawal of troops’ from northern Iraq

Turkey has agreed to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq in statements confirmed by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The news comes as Turkish Prime Minister Ben Ali Yildirim arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to meet with Abadi to discuss regional issues with Iraqi officials.

Turkish prime minister is expected to also meet President Fuad Masum and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri.

Yildirim will also meet with party officials in Baghdad, and a number of politicians, opinion leaders and representatives of the Iraqi Turkmen.

Yildirim will then travel to the Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq, to meet with regional President Massoud Barzani and Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani.

Accompanying Yıldırım during the official visit is the minister of defense Fikri Isik, Ismet Yilmaz minister of education, minister of energy and human resources Berat Albayrak, the economy minister Nihad Zabka, customs and trade minister Bulent Tovnkja.

Now that Turkey has agreed to this withdrawal, odds are that the normalization process will accelerate and after ISIS is destroyed a new tripartite group with Iraq, Turkey, and Iran agreeing to begin operations to contain and constrict the actions and expansion of the Kurds.

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