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Exclusive: See Turkey's military base in Mosul

By Rudaw 5/12/2015
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - More than 100 Turkish troops entered Iraq's Mosul province on Thursday, reportedly with tanks and heavy weapons.

The Turkish troops are stationed in Zlekan and Bashik, towns in eastern Mosul province.

According to information obtained by Rudaw, 150 to 200 troops entered the province with 15 tanks, 8 small armors, 4 larger armors, 13 military vehicles, one ambulance, 7 lorries loaded with ammunition and bullets, and a water tanker.

Meanwhile, Ismat Rajab, an exiled Kurdistan Democratic Party official, confirmed to Rudaw Saturday that "before, there were Turkish advisers at the Bashik military base in Mosul, but now several other advisers with armed guards have been added."

When the Sunni volunteer group Hashd al-Wataniya was set up after the Islamic State took over Mosul, Turkish military advisers trained the forces based at the Bashik base.

Previously, Turkish military advisers have come to the Kurdistan region to arm the Peshmerga, and they opened Turkish bases in several areas of the Kurdistan region, including Soran and Bamerne in Erbil, as well as Raniya and Qalachwalan in Sulaimani. 

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falla | 5/12/2015
It closer to 1500 troops and more to come, they're their to take part in the assault on Mosel. It's a good deal because Peshmerga don't have to now, the Sunni tribes accept the Turks better, let them do the fighting for a change.
Bawan | 5/12/2015
For those who are under the delusion of "Iraq" and "Syria", the Americans have setup shop in "Syria" the Turks here in "Iraq", even Peshmerga were deployed in Kobani, and PKK all over the place. Not to mention that large parts of these collapsed states are under different factions.
Flaminco | 5/12/2015
Too much BS, they're here to train Sunni's? when will they leave? the last time they were invited to do an operation against PKK was 1993 and their base is still here! They will never leave!
Domluce | 5/12/2015
Typical of Turkey Erdogan. I can violate your territory but you cannot. What arrogant. Let Russia finish off Turkey. First they shot down Russian plane then run off to NATO to invoke article 5. What coward they are to hide under NATO skirt.
Nechirwan | 5/12/2015
Turks have a good relationship with KRG and support our independence. Economically they own and develop more than 80% of KRG infrastructure. As long as there is mutual friendship and kurdish national interest respected, I see no problems between Turkish state, and Kurdish future state in KRG. Thanks to Americans and Turks, KRG is able to function totally separately from the dysfunctional arab Iraq. This base is invaluable as it will prevent ISIS from any future offensives. With their Russian split, Turks will now buy 20-30% of their oil from KRG and they will become allies. If we can distance idiot PKK from ruining kurdish independence, this development is actually GOOD news.
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