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Turkey Deploys Tanks, Military Hardware near Iraqi Border: Media

Ankara has deployed numerous tanks and military hardware close to the border with Iraq, according to the CNN Turk.

The Turkish military is deploying numerous tanks and military hardware near the Iraqi border, Turkish media reported Tuesday, citing sources.

The unspecified number of tanks and armored vehicles headed from central Turkey to the districts of Silopi and Sirnak in the Sirnak province, according to the CNN Turk and NTV broadcasters. On December 4, Turkey deployed about 150 troops and 25 tanks to northern Iraq reportedly to help national forces to reclaim the city of Mosul from ISIS militants, prohibited in Russia and many other countries.

Following the deployment, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish troops sent into the Bashiqa camp without Baghdad's approval.

On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to recapture Mosul from Daesh. According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation.

Source: Al Alam

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