Iraq to need Turkish army’s help to fight IS, says president

Iraq to need Turkish army’s help to fight IS, says president
14:12 23 Aprel 2015
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 23

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Iraq will need the Turkish army’s help to fight against the militants of the “Islamic State” (IS), said Iraq’s President Fuad Masum.

Masum made the remarks in Turkey, where he will be taking part in the festivities marking the anniversary of the victory in the Canakkale battle, CNN Turk reported Apr. 23.

The president said it is expected that the battle for the strategic city of Mosul will start in autumn this year.

Earlier, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it is necessary to start a ground operation against the “Islamic State”.

The “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) penetrated Syria’s territory in 2013. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared ‘a holy war’ against all groups and government forces in Syria.

Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.

In late June 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the “Islamic Caliphate” on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.

Edited by SI


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