Iraq threatens to bring Turkey troop dispute to UN Security Council

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has warned Turkey that the deadline for the withdrawal of additional Turkish forces from Iraq's north expires on Tuesday.

He said on Monday that unless Turkish troops pullout, Iraq intends to raise the matter before the United National Security Council.

Turkey says its troops have been stationed at a small base outside of the Iraqi city of Mosul since last year as part of a training mission coordinated with the Iraqi government in Baghdad.

However, the arrival of additional Turkish forces on Friday sparked uproar in the Iraqi capital amid exaggerated media reports.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has repeatedly called for the forces to be withdrawn. A number of other senior Iraqi politicians have called the move a violation of Iraq's sovereignty.

Turkey announced Sunday additional deployments to Iraq would be halted until the Iraqi government's "sensitivities are overcome."