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Salih in Turkey to discuss Syrian issue with Erdogan

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Iraqi President Barham Salih (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyib Erdogan (R)
President Barham Salih headed to the Turkish capital of Ankara to meet with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyib Erdogan on Wednesday.

The two presidents are set to discuss urgent issues like the latest developments in Syria, as well as the Iraqi-Turkish bilateral relations, sources told The Baghdad Post.

Ever since the decision of US President Donald Trump of withdrawing his forces from Syria, Turkey and Iraq have intensified their strikes along their borders with Syria to eliminate the capacity of the terrorist organization of ISIS.

On Sunday, Iraqi prime minister hinted that his country would play a bigger role in Syria to fight ISIS terrorists after the withdrawal of the US forces, stressing that Iraq seeks to move beyond its current arrangement with Syria. However, he did not get into more details.

He went on to say that top security officials from Baghdad met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus in a bid to “gain the initiative against ISIS.”

Iraqi warplanes and artillery have pounded ISIS positions inside Syria in the past, after getting the green light from Syrian authorities.

Earlier on Sunday, it was reported that Syrian President al-Assad has allowed Iraqi fighter jets to conduct airstrikes against the positions of the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group in the war-ravaged country without waiting to be granted formal authorization for the assaults.
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