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Turkey has deployed some 150 troops to train a militia under the control of Osama and Atheel Nujaifi, two close Turkish allies in Iraq.The Turkish government has halted its deployment of forces to the base, but has indicated that it has no intention of withdrawing its troops and equipment, arguing that the deployment is necessary to protect the Nujaifi-Turkish run base from Daesh attack.In response to Maliki's centralization of power and alliance with Shiite militias, Turkey sought to deepen its own power base.Thus, while Atheel Nujaifi has adopted vehemently anti-Shiite rhetoric in recent weeks (most notably, making the claim that Mosul residents would not accept Shiite forces fighting Daesh in the city), his push for locally-governed militias is similar to that of Ameri, and therefore the two men are pushing for the same goal: The raising of autonomous militias.This places the United States in alliance with Abadi and Sistani, who are both pushing to centralize control over independent militias.Turkey's decision to increase the number of personnel at the base thus raises the appeal of men like Ameri (and his backer, Iran), whose militia is far more powerful than the Hashd al-Watani.
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