World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish National Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said Wednesday that Turkey is ready to give any kind of “intelligence and logistical support” to the Iraqi government in fighting terrorism.
During a joint press conference with Iraqi Defense Minister Halit el-Ubeydi minister Yilmaz said "In addition to this support we are ready to help the Iraqi army and the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces with equipment and training,”
After two C-130 Turkish military planes landed in Muthenna Air Base in Baghdad on Tuesday Yilmaz told "We will stand by Iraq should there be an operation to retake Mosul. Turkey will continue with its military aid to the Iraqi government."
The Turkish minister added that Ankara is ready to donate humanitarian aid and set up camps for those that will be forced to leave Mosul in face of operation.
Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias launched a ground offensive against ISIL on Monday to recapture Tikrit city, aiming to approach the rebel group’s stronghold of Mosul. Tikrit, a Sunni-majority city, was the homeland of the deceased Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Mart 2015, 16:43