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Turkey renews rejection over IMIS entering into Mosul

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu renewed his country outright rejection against the penetration of Iran-backed IMIS into the war-torn region of Mosul.

"The interference of the 99% Shiite militants of IMIS would represent a grave danger, therefore they will be repelled from advancing into the region," Cavusoglu said in strongly worded remarks. 

"The interference of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) or the Peoples Protetion Units (YPG) would not be less dangerous as well," he added.

As the Mosul liberation operation to retake the city from ISIS progresses, challenges keep arising in Iraq, including the presence of Turkish troops in Bashiqa in northern Mosul.

“Involvement of Shia militias in the Mosul operation will not bring peace to the city. But it will increase problems.” Cavusoglu said in earlier statements.

Mosul is the second biggest Iraqi province in terms of population and area that hosts Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, Muslims, Christians and Yazidis. ISIS extremists took control over the city in June 2014 following the retreat of the Iraqi army.

Turkish President Erdogan has warned of sectarian bloodshed if the Iraqi army relies on Shi'ite militia fighters to retake the largely Sunni Muslim city of Mosul. 

Last Modified: Wednesday، 22 February 2017 03:00 PM
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