Turkey will take part in the operation to free the Iraqi Mosul, said the President of the country Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He confirmed that Turkish troops will stay in Northern Iraq at a base in Balice, said the Agency Anadolu. On 17 October, the Iraqi army and Kurdish began an operation to liberate Mosul, with their air cover the aircraft to the coalition led by the United States.
“Turkey will take part in the negotiations and in the operation in Mosul. Now in Mosul are our brothers, the Arabs, the Turkomans, the Kurds. Closer to the Turkish border in Iraq and is inhabited by our compatriots. We can no longer remain indifferent to the developments in Iraq. We have a 350-kilometer border with Iraq,” Erdogan said.
Turkey has many times expressed concern about the possible participation of Iraqi Shi’a and anti-Turkish Kurdish militia in the liberation of Mosul. Ankara fears that control of the city will get the Kurds and Shiites that will displace him from Sunnis and ethnic Turkmens. In Istanbul earlier warned that attempts to change the demographic map of the region could lead to civil war.
According to preliminary data, the number of Iraqi units involved in the operation, more than 60 thousand people. Support of the air force of the international coalition led by the United States government aircraft and artillery.
Earlier, the special envoy of the President of the United States in the coalition against the “Islamic state” (ISIS, DAISH, a terrorist organization banned in Russia) Brett Mcguirk welcomed the start of the offensive and expressed their support to Iraq. “Al-Abadi ordered the liberation of Mosul from the darkness, two years hanging over the city. God help the heroes in the Iraqi armed forces, Shi’ite militia and Kurdish Peshmerga. We are proud to be with you in this historic operation,” Reuters quoted him as saying.
According to unconfirmed reports, notes “Interfax”, the whole bomb Mosul, the terrorists have entangled the city’s maze of underground corridors, where will be firing in the case of street fighting. More problems will create for the coming and practice of using militants civilians as human shields.
Mosul is under the control of ISIS since June 2014. Earlier, the UN warned that the humanitarian consequences of its release may affect up to 1.5 million people living in and around the city. Keep them hostage for more than six thousand militants. Radical Islamists believe the town his capital in Iraq.