Numan Kurtulmus, Turkey's deputy prime minister, speaks to the foreign media members in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 21. 2014.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
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Turkey's deputy prime minister said Wednesday a military build-up on the border with Iraq was a precaution, not a threat, and urged the government in Baghdad to lower tensions after it warned Turkey would pay for any incursion.Largely Sunni Muslim Turkey fears that Iraqi Shiite militias involved in a related offensive west of Mosul could trigger sectarian unrest, and is also concerned that Kurdish PKK militants are trying to establish a foothold nearby.Ankara is also concerned about an offensive by Iraqi Shiite militias, backed by Iran and known collectively as the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), to recapture the Iraqi town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Sunni militant group ISIS.
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