Turkish Prime Minister to Visit Iraq Thursday-Friday


Turkish media said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is planning to visit Iraq later this week.

Yildirim will visit Baghdad and Erbil on Thursday and Friday respectively, Anadolu reported.

No other details have not yet been emerged about the Yildirim visit, as well as on his possible meetings with the Iraqi authorities and other local officials.  

Turkey sent troops across the border with Iraq in late 2015 allegedly to train local fighters at a base near the Iraqi town of Bashiqa held by ISIL militants.

Ankara’s move has been repeatedly criticized by Baghdad.

The Iraqi army and its allies have been engaged in a large offensive to retake the Northern Mosul from ISIL militants since October 17.

The Northern city fell to ISIL in 2014, when the terror outfit began its campaign of death and destruction in the Arab country.