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Turkey: Ankara Cautiously Supports Baghdad’s Tikrit Offensive

During his 4 March visit to Baghdad, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz pledged Turkish intelligence and logistical support to Iraq in its mounting “fight against terrorism,” adding that “we will stand with Iraq if there is an operation to take Mosul.” Yilmaz’s announcement followed the launch of an offensive by Iraqi forces, in addition to Iran-backed Shiite militias, to retake the ISIL-held city of Tikrit north of Baghdad.

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