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Ankara-Baghdad Tensions Escalate as Mosul Operation Begins

With Iraqi-led forces starting their operation to recapture the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, diplomatic tensions have erupted again between Baghdad and Ankara over the operation. Warning about dangers of ethnic cleansing, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a verbal salvo against Baghdad, demanding a role in the offensive. Why should Turkey not enter Mosul, Erdogan asked, arguing that his country has  a 350-kilometer border with Iraq, and pointing to the...

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