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Turkey: Troops Repel IS Attack In Iraq

Turkey says it has repelled an attack by the Islamic State (IS) group on its troops in Bashiqa in northern Iraq.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on January 8 that 18 militants were killed in the violence, while there were no injuries or deaths on the Turkish side.

The fighting took place outside the Bashiqa camp, which lies near Mosul, a city controlled by the IS group since June 2014.

The deployment of some 150 troops into northern Iraq last year has been the subject of a dispute between Ankara and Baghdad.

The Iraqi government demanded that Turkish troops withdraw, describing their presence as a violation of its sovereignty.

Ankara said the extra forces were only there to train local Sunni fighters hoping to take back Mosul from IS fighters. Turkey later pulled some troops out.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP

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