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10/23/16

Iraq PM says 'thanks but no thanks' to Turkey on Mosul - France 24

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi reiterated his rejection Saturday of Turkish participation in the ongoing offensive to wrest Mosul back from the Islamic State group.

Abadi insisted no Turkish involvement was wanted following a meeting with US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, who was in Baghdad Saturday to review progress in the six-day-old offensive.

"I know that the Turks want to participate... We tell them 'thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle and the Iraqis will liberate Mosul'," Abadi said.

"We don't have any problems. If we need help, we will ask for it from Turkey or from other countries in the region," he said.

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