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Iraq declines Turkey's military training: official

BAGHDAD - Agence France-Presse | 11/1/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Iraq has declined offers from Turkey and Iran to train its forces, after the failure of negotiations with the US on a post-2011 training mission, a high-ranking Iraqi official said yesterday.

Iraq has declined offers from Turkey and Iran to train its forces, after the failure of negotiations with the US on a post-2011 training mission, a high-ranking Iraqi official said yesterday.

 “Tehran and Ankara offered to train Iraqi forces, but we did not accept either due to the sensitivity of the situation,” the official in the prime minister’s office said on condition of anonymity.

 “We cannot accept one state without another,” said the official. “We prefer that the file of training the forces be outside the framework of neighboring countries.” An Oct. 29 statement from the Iraqi presidency said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had offered for his country to help train Iraq’s forces, during a meeting with Iraqi Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi.

 U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Oct.21 that all U.S. troops will leave Iraq by year’s end after failed negotiations with Iraq about a post-2011 US military training mission in the country.

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