"Turkey will not pull its troops out of northern Iraq," Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.
"Turkish troops in Mosul are not there as combatants, they are trainers. Their numbers may vary depending on the size of Kurdish peshmerga troops."
"It is out of the question, for now, to pull them out," he said.
The recent deployment of Turkish military troops to Bashiqa, near Mosul, caused a diplomatic spat between Ankara and Baghdad.