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Turkey assessing ‘further contribution’ to military operation in Mosul: Minister

Sevil Erkuş ANKARA

Turkey will continue to assess its “further contribution” to an international military operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz stated on March 2.

As Ankara is currently planning to provide training to members of some Sunni tribes around Mosul as part of efforts to degrade and defeat jihadists in northern Iraq, bilateral cooperation with Baghdad in the fight against the ISIL could be concretized during Yılmaz’s upcoming visit to Iraq.

Turkey is part of the collation against ISIL and “has started to make a concrete contribution,” Yılmaz told reporters, amid speculation about the planned upcoming operation to force the jihadists out of Mosul.

“We’ll carry out the evaluation for further contribution in due course, based on our national interests. Ultimately we’ll fulfill our responsibility as a coalition member,” he added.

Citing recent remarks by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Yılmaz said Turkey was “ready to fulfill its responsibilities if others do so too.”

He is set to travel to Iraq on March 4 to visit both Baghdad and Arbil, accompanied by officials from both the Foreign Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces.

During the visit, Turkish and Iraqi officials are expected to sign bilateral agreements for the sharing of intelligence information as part of efforts in the fight against the ISIL threat, according to sources.

Turkey plans to provide training for members of certain tribes in Mosul province and deliver non-lethal military equipment, as is the case with the Iraqi Kurds, diplomatic sources told the Hürriyet Daily News. 
The exiled governor of Mosul, Atheel al-Nujaifi, claimed on March 1 that Ankara will take part in the offensive aiming to retake Mosul from ISIL.

Speaking to Iraqi Kurdish online news website Rudaw, al-Nujaifi said Turkey had agreed to send weapons and supplies to recapture Mosul, which has been under the control of ISIL since June 2014.
Last week, Iraqi Vice President Usame al-Nujaifi met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in Ankara.

During the meeting, Turkey pledged “all kinds of support for stability of Iraq,” according to a Turkish official.

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La Turquie envoie en Irak du matériel non létal

Publié le 2015-03-04 à 08:05 |

ISTANBUL, 3 mars (Xinhua) -- Selon l'agence de presse semi-officielle Anatolie, la Turquie a envoyé mardi en Irak deux avions remplis de matériel militaire non létal.

Anatolie a déclaré que deux avions-cargos militaires C-130 avaient atterri mardi sur la base aérienne d' al-Muthanna, à 20 km à l' est de Bagdad, la capitale irakienne.

Citant un responsable, Anatolie a précisé que le matériel militaire comprend des couvre-chefs camouflés, des gilets pare-balles, des casques, des sacs de couchage, des couvertures pour 500 soldats, ainsi que 50 tentes pour temps froid.

La livraison a été effectuée un jour avant l' arrivée en Irak du ministre turc de la Défense Ismet Yilmaz qui sera en visite pendant deux jours, notamment pour les négociations relatives à la lutte contre les djihadistes de l' État islamique (EI).

M. Yilmaz commencera sa visite par Bagdad avant de se rendre dans la région septentrionale de l' Irak, contrôlée par les Kurdes, afin de discuter avec des responsables kurdes.

L' ambassade turque à Bagdad a déclaré que la Turquie continuera à se tenir aux côtés de ses alliés au sein du gouvernement irakien, dans le cadre de la coalition anti-EI.

Lundi, M. Yilmaz a déclaré que la Turquie continuera à évaluer son "apport complémentaire" à une opération majeure visant à reprendre le contrôle de Mossoul, une ville irakienne importante, actuellement entre les mains de l' EI.

"En temps voulu, la Turquie diffusera une évaluation qui tiendra compte de nos intérêts nationaux et nous permettra de nous acquitter de nos responsabilités en tant que membre de la coalition," a-t-il ajouté.
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Turkey ready to train Iraqi army, says defense chief

05 March 2015 15:20 (Last updated 05 March 2015 15:26)

Turkey, already training Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces and Syrian opposition forces, offers the same help to Iraqi military


Turkey is ready to train the Iraqi army, Turkish defense minister has told the Iraqi authorities during an official visit to Baghdad.

"We are training peshmerga forces," Ismet Yilmaz said, recalling also the “train-and-equip” program run in cooperation with the United States for Syrian opposition forces.

“We told them [the Iraqi authorities] that the same applications can be applied also to the Iraqi armed forces”, Yilmaz told The Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview Thursday.

Iraq’s stability means stability for Turkey too, Yilmaz said, adding, "If there will be peace in this country [Iraq], Turkey will primarily benefit from this."

The minister said that Turkey supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq.

"This is a difficult period for Iraq," Yilmaz said, as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Daesh, controls one-third of the country.

"In this difficult period, we will stand by the Iraqi government and people in the legitimate struggle against terrorism," he said.

Yilmaz said that Turkey had reached an agreement with Iraq to create a joint military technical committee in order to meet the needs of Iraqi army as soon as possible.

He also visited a camp in Iraq’s Kurdish regional government, where Turkish officers train peshmerga forces, the security forces of the autonomous Kurdish region.

"Turkey is a friend of Iraq and Kurdish regional government," Yilmaz said, adding that Ankara is supporting them and will continue doing so as long as the Iraqi government and the regional government request it.

The Iraqi army and Kurdish forces, in cooperation with local Shiite and Sunni militias, are waiting to initiate a major offensive against Daesh in the coming weeks to take the control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

Yilmaz said that his Iraqi counterpart Halit el-Ubeydi had told him that when the Mosul operation starts, about a million people will be forced to leave their homes and go towards northern Iraq.

"He requested Turkey’s humanitarian aid for those that will be forced to be replaced inside Iraq," Yilmaz said, adding: "We clearly stated that we will offer our help."

Iraq has plunged into a security vacuum since June 2014, when Daesh stormed the northern province of Mosul and declared what it called a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Daesh massacres and the massive displacement of local people led to the creation of an international coalition against the terror group. The U.S.-led coalition is staging airstrikes against Daesh targets in Iraq and Syria since mid-September 2014.

Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias launched a ground offensive against Daesh on Monday to recapture Tikrit city, aiming to approach the rebel group’s stronghold of Mosul. Tikrit, a Sunni-majority city, was the homeland of the deceased Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Speaking about Turkmens, Yilmaz said that Turkey has done more than any other country for them. "Our Turkmen brothers have been affected the most from the Daesh terror organization’s attacks," Yilmaz said.

Yilmaz said that in all meetings regarding national security the Turkish government has taken important decisions on helping Turkmens in Iraq.
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