Iraq says deal reached over Bashiqa, Turkey says issue will be solved

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim review a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, January 7, 2017. Hakan Goktepe/Prime Minister's Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

Iraq and Turkey came to blows in October over the continued presence of Turkish forces in Bashiqa and elsewhere in northern Iraq, with each government summoning the other’s ambassador just as the U.S.-backed campaign to drive IS out of Mosul was set to begin.

At a news conference with Abadi, Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim said: “We discussed the issue of Bashiqa.”

“We see that significant progress is being made in cleansing Daesh from the region. In line with this, we will solve this (Bashiqa) subject somehow in a friendly way.”