Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards ceremony at the presidential palace in Ankara, on December 9, 2015. (AFP / ADEM ALTAN)
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An attempted attack by Daesh (ISIS) on a military base in northern Iraq shows Turkey's decision to deploy troops there was justified, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, suggesting Russia was stirring up a row over the issue. Turkey deployed a force protection unit of around 150 troops to northern Iraq in December citing heightened security risks near Bashiqa, where its soldiers have been training an Iraqi militia to fight Daesh. Baghdad objected to the troop deployment, however.The head of the Sunni militia said his fighters and Turkish forces launched a joint "pre-emptive" attack on Daesh around 10 kilometers south of the base Wednesday because the militants were building capacity to launch rockets at it.It later withdrew some soldiers to another base in the nearby autonomous Kurdistan region and said it would continue to pull out of Ninevah.
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