Turkey launches training programme for Iraqi national guards

Turkey launches military training programme for Iraqi national guards in fighting against ISIS

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Turkey has launched a programme to train Iraqi national guards in Mosul province to help them fight against ISIS militants, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday in an interview with a local TV station.

He said Turkey will provide training, which is set to take place around 25 kilometres from Mosul, as per the demand from the Iraqi side.

Mosul has been under the control of ISIS since last June.

Earlier in March, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had said that Ankara is ready to support the Iraqi government in its fight to retake its second largest city of Iraq from the ISIS militants.

Turkey has provided non-lethal military aid for 500 Iraqi government soldiers in Baghdad, including camouflage desert caps, assault vests, helmets, sleeping bags, blankets and 50 cold weather tents.

Turkey has also been continuing to support the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga of the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in their struggle against ISIS as well as working for the security of the country’s Turkmen minority.

Mosul is the largest city under the control of the ISIS militants who have declared a cross-border state encompassing eastern Syria and parts of western and northern Iraq. Its recapture would be a pivotal victory for Baghdad.

ISIS had taken full control of Ramadi in middle of May, a key city of Anbar province. Iraqi security forces and allied militias are in offensive to retake the city.

In addition, Turkey and the United States have been training Syrian opposition forces to fight against ISIS in neighbouring Syria.

The Iraqi forces and ISIS have been fighting since June 2014.


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