Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, ADA, in Baku, Azerbaijan, Friday Dec. 4, 2015. (Hakan Goktepe/Prime Minister's Press Service, Pool Photo via AP)
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Turkey Saturday denied that it has expanded its military activities in northern Iraq after it deployed troops close to an area controlled by ISIS, a move blasted by Baghdad as illegal.Turkish media reported that 600 Turkish soldiers backed by 25 tanks had been sent to the Bashiqa area near the city of Mosul, the extremist group's main hub in Iraq.Iraq has called on Turkey to "immediately" withdraw forces, including tanks and artillery, deployed without Baghdad's consent. The Turkish prime minister added that more than 2,000 Iraqis had been trained at the camp for almost a year.
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