4000 Iraqi Turkmens ready to combat ISIL

Iraqi central government has armed Iraqi Turkmens in northern province of Kirkuk.

4000 Iraqi Turkmens ready to combat ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk 

There are 4,000 Iraqi Turkmens battling ISIL in the northern province of Kirkuk and 10,000 others have finished their training in Mosul, Iraqi government officials claimed on Thursday.

Jassem Mohammed Jaafar, an Iraqi MP and a member of Kirkuk’s Turkmen coalition said there are 4,000 people in Kirkuk province as well as 10,000 others in Sinjar camp near Mosul who have finished their training.

These forces are believed to be ready to move on Tal Afar town which is held by ISIL.

Iraqi Turkmens aim to free areas in south Kirkuk province and have made “good progress” in Beshir village beside Kurdish peshmerga forces, Jaafar added.

Iraqi Turkmens are ethnic relatives to Turks and are the third-largest ethnic group living mainly in northern Iraq.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Mart 2015, 12:56