3,000 Turkey-trained Iraqi forces taking part in Mosul operation: Deputy PM
AP photoSome 3,000 Iraqi forces trained by Turkey at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq are taking part in the U.S.-led operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said on Oct. 17.
“You know that Turkey built that camp [Bashiqa] on the demand of the Mosul governor. Many people were trained there from among nearly 4,000 local elements of Mosul. They are called the Ninova Mujahideen. Now, 3,000 trained by Turkey are involved in the fight against ISIL,” Kurtulmuş told a press conference after a cabinet meeting in Ankara.