Turkey sends army to Iraqi border

World Materials 1 November 2016 20:12 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 1

By Orkhan Quluzade – Trend:

Turkey has sent units of its armed forces to the city of Silopi in south-eastern Sirnak province bordering Iraq, Turkish newspaper Haberturk reported Nov. 1.

Tanks, armored vehicles and other military equipment were sent to Silopi, the newspaper said.

Silopi is located 100 km to the north of Iraq’s Mosul, where a fight against the “Islamic State” (aka IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group is taking place.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously announced preparations of the Turkish Armed Forces for ground operations to liberate the IS-held Mosul in Iraq.

An operation of Iraqi government troops to regain control over Mosul began October 17. In addition to Iraqi government forces, the operation involves local Peshmerga militia (Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq).

The offensive 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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