Isis: Turkey won't participate, will support offensive

"We will not be part of an armed conflict in Iraq or Syria”

05 March, 11:21

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmeyt Davutoglu said Turkey will not directly participate in the upcoming Mosul offensive against Isis but will support it, Turkish news reported.

    While flying to the US via airplane, Davutoglu told reporters: "We will not be part of an armed conflict in Iraq or Syria", adding "we will support the Mosul offensive in Mosul, but will not take part directly in the conflict".

    In recent days, the Turkish government sent two cargo planes with military equipment to Baghdad. So far, Ankara has remained on the sidelines of the international anti-Isis coalition, refusing the use of strategic air base Incirlik to the US and others for attacks against the jihadists.

    After yesterday's talks in Baghdad with Iraqi colleague, Khaled al-Obeidi, Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said that Turkey is "alongside of Iraq in the operations at Mosul".

    "We are ready to give every kind of logistical and intelligence assistance to Iraq in the fight against terrorism", al-Obeidi was quoted as saying by Turkey's Anadolu news agency.


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