Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu: Turkey ready to give all kinds of support in Mosul operation

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Ankara is ready to provide “all kinds of support” in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in a planned Mosul operation, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu vowed on Oct. 7, in response to a question on whether Turkey has proposed that its troops stationed in northern Iraq can take part in the offensive.

“We are ready to give all kinds of support in the fight against Daesh in Mosul,” Çavuşoğlu said in the Turkish capital Ankara, using an Arabic acronym of ISIL, in a joint press conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo.

He also warned that the Turkish government believes that including Shiite militias in the Mosul offensive will not bring peace, but the participation of Turkish-trained forces was important for the operation’s success.

“Troops of the coalition forces could give support to local forces, strengthen them, and consult with them,” Çavuşoğlu said regarding the planned offensive.

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