Turkish Air Force joins operation for liberation of Mosul
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 18
By Orkhan Guluzade – Trend:
Turkish Air Force has joined the operation to liberate the city of Mosul from the militants of the “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.
He made the remarks Oct. 18 speaking in the parliamentary group of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Haber 7 newspaper reported.
“Local fighters trained in the (Turkish military) camp of Bashiqa town [northern Iraq] are at the forefront of operations in Mosul,” Yildirim said. “Our Air Force together with the [Anti-Terrorism] Coalition’s partners took part in an air operation against the IS.”
The operation to regain Iraqi state government’s control over Mosul began October 17 morning. In addition to Iraqi government forces, the operation involves local militia ‘Peshmerga’ (Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq). The attack is supported by the international Anti-Terrorism Coalition’s Air Force.
Being one of the key oil centers of Iraq, the city of Mosul went entirely under the control of the IS terrorists June 10, 2014.
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