Iraqis in London call for Turkey to intervene in Mosul

Rally in UK capital calls for Turkish involvement to expel ISIL from northern Iraqi city

Iraqis in London call for Turkey to intervene in Mosul

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Iraqis living in the U.K. gathered outside Turkey’s London embassy to back efforts to liberate the city of Mosul from ISIL. 

A group of about 30 people, carrying Turkish flags and photographs of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, called on Turkey to intervene directly in an offensive to retake the city. 

Mosul and its surrounding regions have been under ISIL occupation since 2014. An operation is expected in the coming weeks. 

“We are here to demonstrate our support for Turkey’s stance and will to intervene in the crisis of Mosul,” said Rabee al-Hafidh from the Protect Mosul movement, which organized Sunday’s demonstration. 

“This role is vacant and has to be filled by a power that has the will and the capability to do that. Turkey’s intervention and protection of Mosul is crucial,” he added. 

Conditions in the ISIL-held city were very poor and life had come to a standstill, he told Anadolu Agency. 

“People are skeptical about what’s going to happen. They expect something dramatic is going to befall the city but they have no idea how to get out of the situation,” al-Hafidh said. 

“The only hope for the people of Mosul is Turkey,” he added.

Turkish troops in northern Iraq have been training local forces on how to fight ISIL.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Thursday that Turkey's military presence in Bashiqa would continue despite the Iraqi parliament mislabeling Turkish troops in the country as “occupiers” earlier this week.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Ekim 2016, 07:46