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Erdogan claims Turkey prepping for Mosul action

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to keep troops near Mosul and says preparations for Turkish role "in the field" are underway.
Peshmerga forces advance in the east of Mosul to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 18, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani  - RTX2PAM8

As the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State gathers speed, the ongoing row between Baghdad and Ankara over the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq shows no signs of abating. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to insist that Turkey has a “historic responsibility” to participate in the offensive and that it will do so whether Iraq wants it to or not.

Erdogan's blustering is prompting growing concern in Baghdad — and in Washington — of unilateral Turkish action in its former Ottoman dominion that could derail the Mosul campaign.

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