Turkish, Kurdish forces repel Islamic State attack in Iraq

Joint Kurdish and Turkish forces have deterred an attack on a military camp in northern Iraq carried out by the Islamic state militant militia, a Kurdish official said on Friday.

"At least 22 elements from Daesh were killed and the others were forced to retreat," the official said on condition of anonymity, using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

He did not say exactly when the fight occurred.

The reported jihadist attack targeted a military camp in the area of Bashiqa, around 20 kilometres north of Iraq's Islamic State-controlled city of Mosul.

The presence of Turkish forces in Bashiqa led to hostility between Baghdad and Ankara in recent weeks, triggered by the arrival of approximately 150 Turkish soldiers and at least 20 tanks in the camp.

Iraq has repeatedly demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish forces, saying they had been sent without its permission.

The Turkish government has said its troops in northern Iraq were there to help train Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni fighters in their fight against Islamic State.

Last update: Fri, 08/01/2016 - 14:09
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