15,000-strong force planned to recapture Mosul from DAESH

Prominent Turkmen leader of northern Iraq says that US-led coalition has been planning to establish 15,000-strong military force in order to recapture Mosul and Talafer from DAESH

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) leader and a deputy at the Parliament of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Aydin Maruf has been shown in this undated photo.

Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) leader, who is also a deputy at the Parliament of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Aydin Maruf has stated that the US-led coalition has plans to build a 15,000-strong military force in order to reclaim Mosul and Talafer from the DAESH terrorist group.

Maruf has revealed on Monday to Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu Agency that his party’s top officials have recently been gathered with military officials at the US Erbil Consulate in the regional capital.

“We told them the mentioned two cities have a vital importance for the Turkmen. We have conveyed our message to the US military officials that Turkmen are ready and willing to participate in a military operation against terrorists,” Maruf said.

The US-led coalition has joint military plans co-opted alongside with Iraqi central government and the KRG “to recapture Mosul,” Maruf has indicated.

“The process of recapturing cities have been carrying a great importance to them. A nearly 15,000-strong force, which will include all ethnicities and faiths [of Iraq], will be established,” he underlined.

This new military force will have a task to secure the regions which will eventually be liberated by Iraqi National Army and Peshmerga forces, he has also pointed out adding at least “2,000 Turkmen soldiers will be taken place in the newly established force.”

The soldiers of this new reinforcement force will be trained in Iraq’s Makhmur district and all of their equipment and weapons will be provided by the Iraqi National Army, Turkmen leader informed.

DAESH seized Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city after the capital Baghdad, in June 2014 before breaking through the Sykes-Picot border to create a corridor linking them to their branch in Syria.

The terrorist group has held the city since then, but it has lost Ramadi, which is the Anbar’s provincial capital city, at the end of last year following intense operations of Iraqi forces backed by air strikes from a US-led coalition.

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