Obama urges Turkey's Erdogan to withdraw troops from Iraq: White House

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[December 19, 2015]  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Friday to "deescalate tensions" with Iraq by continuing to withdraw Turkish forces from northern Iraq, the White House said in a statement.

The leaders also discussed the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria including efforts to support the moderate opposition in the war-torn nation, the White House said.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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