"In 2014 (Prime Minister of Iraq) Haidar al-Abadi was to visit and asked for help in training military and police. Our military went to Iraq as trainers, their functions are limited to training. The number of instructors may vary depending on the number of trainees. Now it is not about to withdraw from Iraq our military," Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara on Thursday.
He added that on December 21 Turkey, Kurdish autonomy of Iraq and the US will hold a meeting to discuss the situation in Iraq.
According to Iraqi government figures, December 4 Turkish tank battalion entered the Iraqi province of Nineveh under the guise of being fighters of the Kurdish people's units, howling with terrorists. The Iraqi foreign Ministry and the defense Ministry called the Turkish military presence as a "hostile action", which was not agreed with the authorities.
In turn, Turkey has already explained to send troops to Iraq to protect Turkish instructors who teach the national militia fighters in training camps in Nineveh province.