4,000 Turkey-Trained Militias in Mosul Battle: Report

4,000 Turkey-Trained Militias in Mosul Battle: Report
Mon Oct 17, 2016 14:42:42

Turkey's deputy prime minister says some 4,000 Turkish-trained Iraqi militias are taking part in the operation to wrest the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the ISIS.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus also told reporters on Monday that Turkey has no intention of withdrawing its troops from a base in northern Iraq, where they have been training Iraqi forces to fight the IS (ISIS, ISIL or Daesh).

He says that so far, nearly 4,000 Mosul fighters, including Arabs, Turkmens, Kurds, and a number of Yazidis, have been trained in this training camp" in Bashiqa, near Mosul.

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