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TURKEY ANNOUNCES START OF MILITARY OPERATION IN SYRIA’S DABIQ

ANKARA, -- Turkey-backed Syrian forces began an attack on Daesh-controlled village of Dabiq in northwestern Syria, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Saturday.

The military campaign aims at liberating the village and its surrounding areas from IS, Erdogan said in a public speech in Rize City, north of Turkey.

Furthermore, Erdogan pointed out in his speech that his country is determined to be a part of coalition forces in an imminent offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from IS.

"We are determined to take our place among the coalition forces for Iraq's unity and solidarity," Erdogan said.

He accused Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to receiving "outside orders" to kick Turkey out of Iraq. "You invited us to [Camp] Bashiqa," reminding Al-Abadi the Turkish military presence in Iraq was due to a demand made by Baghdad.

Last December, Turkey sent 150 troops and about two dozen combat tanks to Bashiqa, located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northeast of Mosul.

Turkey and Iraq have engaged in a war of words about the presence of Turkish troops in northern Iraq's Bashiqa.

Source: Nam News Network