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Iraq, Turkey join forces against jihadist threat

Iraqi Premier Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, and Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands Thursday in Iraq. (Associated Press)
Iraqi Premier Minister Haider al-Abadi, right, and Turkish Premier Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands Thursday in Iraq. (Associated Press)

BAGHDAD – Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday said his country and neighboring Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation in the face of the threat posed by the Islamic State group.

“We have a key agreement to exchange information and have full security cooperation,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a news conference after talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu.

About a third of Iraq, which shares a porous border with Turkey, is held by the Islamic State group. Earlier this year, the group declared a caliphate on the large swaths of territory under its control in both Iraq and Syria.

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