DAESH attacks Iraqi forces near Turkish base in Bashiqa

DAESH attacks Iraqi security forces near Turkish military training base in northern Iraqi town of Bashiqa

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Iraqi Army and volunteer fighters seen training in Bashiqa region before an operation against DAESH terrorist group, on March 2, 2015.

DAESH on Wednesday carried out a mortar attack on Iraqi security forces near a Turkish military training camp located in the northern Iraqi town of Bashiqa near Mosul.

Four Turkish soldiers were injured with non-life-threatening wounds.

The injured Turkish soldiers were transferred to Sirnak State Hospital which is located in Turkey’s southeastern Sirnak Province.

In a written statement, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) stressed "the importance of troop security," stating that "during the exchange of fire between the Peshmerga forces and DAESH terrorists some of the Katyusha MLRS ammunition fired by DAESH fell into the Bashiqa base where Turkish soldiers were stationed."

According to local sources, the attack started at 15:30 local time and continued for 30 minutes.

Turkish troops in the region immediately responded to the DAESH attack with artillery fire.

According to Jabbar Yawar, the secretary general of the Kurdish Peshmerga military forces, the attack was part of a broader offensive by the terrorist group on Kurdish positions around Mosul.

The Turkish Armed Forces on Dec. 4 deployed around 150 soldiers and 25 tanks to Bashiqa to replace troops who have reportedly been training Peshmerga forces in the region since March 2015.

Some of the Turkish troops from Bashiqa training camp have been relocated to another area which is under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq.

The decision came after a complaint by the Iraqi central government that its national sovereignty has been violated by Turkey’s deployment of troops in Mosul.

TRTWorld and agencies