Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the "rearrangement" of Turkish troops in Iraq is part of military necessity.
Earlier on Monday, a Turkish military source said that some Turkish troops deployed at the Bashiqa training camp in northern Iraq had been withdrawn to another part of northern Iraq.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the force left the camp in a convoy of 10 to 12 vehicles but did not say how many soldiers left the camp, when or where they were headed. An unspecified number of tanks also left.
"Turkey has always done what military necessities [require]... we have taken steps necessary for rearrangement as we mentioned in the statement issued by the Prime Ministry," Davutoglu told A Haber channel Monday.