'Neo Ottoman Conqueror' Turkey to Deploy Over 2000 Soldiers to Iraq? (Al-Masdar)
Al-Masdar a few days ago reported that Turkey had violated Iraq’s territorial integrity by sending a few hundred troops to just north of ISIS’ de facto Iraq capital of Mosul.
It has now been reported in Turkish media circles that Erdogan is set to escalate the situation further by having in excess of 2000 soldiers from as little a couple hundred currently in Iraq.
Their role is supposedly to only train the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Sunni Arab militias fighting ISIS.
There has been no coordination with Baghdad who denounce Turkish military violations.
This could be in response to help bolster Peshmerga forces as Russia supports rival YPG forces in Syria.
This is a tense situation as Turkey two weeks shot down a Russian jet that had allegedly violated Turkish airspace for as little as 17 seconds. Hmmm......Or now that Russia is destroying Erdo's cheap oil he has decided to go for the Iraqi Kurd oil field.
Interestingly, camp secures road leading to newly built oil facility of Hunt Oil Co. — Christiaan Triebert (@trbrtc) December 5, 2015.
The unauthorized presence of Turkish troops in Mosul province is a serious breach of Iraqi sovereignty https://t.co/s051sa8ls6— Haider Al-Abadi (@HaiderAlAbadi) December 4, 2015
@MuratYetkin2 Turkey exports Kurd - Iraq oil, iraq complains to UN...ISIS heads for the oil fields, Emb staff hostage but OK ...Coincidence?— MFS - The Other News (@MFS001) June 12, 2014
This is the Hashd al Watani camp where TR force is now deployed. 8000 pro-TR Nujaifis + Sunni Turkmen + some Kurds. https://t.co/59KuZ4ZzzC— agitpapa (@agitpapa) December 5, 2015
@Aquila2407 Next that region will proclaim independence, immediately recognized of course by their #Turk brothers. https://t.co/oHmqjKZIo3— MFS - The Other News (@MFS001) December 5, 2015