Battle for Mosul: Turkey confirms military involvement
Oct.23, Ankara: Turkey has confirmed its troops have fired at positions held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in a town near Mosul after receiving a request by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters for assistance.
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildrim announced on Sunday Turkey's involvement in the military offensive near Bashiqa, a town east of Mosul. He said that the Kurdish Peshmerga requested Turkey's assistance.
ISIL, also known as ISIS, took control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in 2014. A major drive to remove the hardline group from Mosul began last Monday.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are advancing on Bashiqa having launched a new operation on Sunday.
"The Peshmerga have mobilised to cleanse the Bashiqa region from Daesh [ISIL]. They asked for help from our soldiers at the Bashiqa base. So we are helping the tanks with our artillery there," Bildrim said.
Turkey has troops at the base in Bashiqa, north of Mosul, where they have been helping to train Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga and Sunni fighters.
The Oslo Times International News Network