Ankara is deploying heavy armor, including tanks to the border near
Iraq, media reports say. Turkish Defense Minister has meanwhile said
that the military will tackle potential “increase” of threats to
tanks as well as armored vehicles have started moving into the town
of Silopi, located close to the border with Iraq, Turkish Dogan news
agency and Reuters report citing army sources.
to the country’s Defense Minister Fikri Isik, the deployment is
part of anti-terrorist fight and is also linked to the developments
will not allow the threat to Turkey to increase," Isik
told broadcaster A Haber as cited by
Reuters. Ankara has “no obligation” to wait until the fighters of
the Kurdistan Workers Partry (PKK), considered by Turkey terrorists,
will seize territories in Iraq's Sinjar region, around 115 km south
of Silopi, Isik dded.
in October, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned the PKK
of using bases in northern Iraq, where its main bases are
there is a threat posed to Turkey, we are ready to use all our
resources including a ground operation to eliminate that
daily news quoted the
official as saying.
words came from the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on
Saturday who promised to increase troops deloyments near Silopi. The
leader also cautioned Shiite militias in northern Iraq of advancing
at the town of Tal Afar, home to ethnic Turkmen.
al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Shiite militia] causes terror there in [Tal
Afar], our response to it will be different,”Erdogan said.
deployment comes at a tense time when Ankara and Baghdad are at odds
over the Turkish military presence in Iraq.
October 23, Turkish tanks and artillery aided the advance of Kurdish
Peshmerga fighters against IS jihadists near stronghold of Mosul.
That came despite Baghdad’s repeated protests against Turkish
military presence on its soil.
is something the Iraqis will handle and the Iraqis will liberate
Mosul and the rest of the territories,” Prime
Minister Haider al-Abadi said on October 5, declining any Turkish
officially maintains some 25 tanks as well as 150 troops and a staff
to reach some 2,000 at the Bashiqa camp near Mosul. Abadi called the
presence a violation of sovereignty and said Turkish “inside Iraqi
territories has no justification.”
Mosul’s residential areas will likely result in mass casualties,
Russian MoD warns
plans of coalition forces and the Iraqi army to carry out an assault
in residential areas of Mosul will likely result in mass civilian
casualties, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, while noting there are
no humanitarian corridors in the Iraqi city.
are hearing reports about an upcoming storming of residential areas
populated by civilians that are murky, but extremely alarming, given
the mass casualties that could result,”
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov
added that the US’ plans for the military operation give the
impression that the city of more than a million residents "is
only populated by terrorists.”
Russian military released the statement following remarks made by the
US State Department concerning the anti-terrorist operations in the
Iraqi city and Aleppo in Syria, in which it maintained that the
situations in Mosul and Aleppo are completely different. State
Department's spokesman John Kirby claimed that only the US-led
coalition’s offensive in Iraq was being carried out in accordance
with international humanitarian law.
are in fact some radical differences”
between the situations in the two war-torn cities, Konashenkov said.
Defense Ministry’s statement pointed out that, while the Russian
and Syrian Air Forces have not been operating in Aleppo for more than
two weeks, Mosul “is
being bombed on a daily basis”
by American strategic bombers, as well as naval bombers from the US
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and France’s Charles de Gaulle warships in
the course of just the past 24 hours, the US-led coalition has
conducted 25 sorties, and carried out 21 strikes on the Iraqi city
and neighboring areas, the military official reported.
in Aleppo, where Russian and Syrian government forces established
humanitarian corridors through which both civilians and militants
could leave the area, in Mosul the US-led coalition has reportedly
created an “iron
aimed at destroying all of the terrorists in the city, he dded.
that so many journalists and representatives of humanitarian
organizations have been working in Aleppo, the Russian Defense
Ministry said it found it “strange”
that there appear to be no human rights activists or reporters in
This means the western media is only able to provide
enthusiastic reports about the coalition’s successes in the region
that are put out by the coalition itself and are not supported by any
evidence, the ministry’s statement said.