Erdogan: Turkey aims to reinforce troops on Iraq border

Turkish army tanks take position on top of a hill near Mursitpinar border crossing in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, on October 11, 2014. (File photo: Reuters)

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey was aiming to reinforce its troops deployments in its Iraqi border town of Silopi and that it would have a “different response” for Shiite militia groups if they cause terror in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar. 

Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups have said they have started an offensive against ISIS positions west of Mosul, which will target Tal Afar. 

Speaking to reporters at a reception marking Republic Day in Ankara, Erdogan said the information he received had not confirmed such movement. He gave no details on the numbers of reinforcements, or what the different response would be. 

Ankara has repeatedly warned that it would take measures if there is an attack on the city, which has a sizeable ethnic
Turkmen population, as part of a wider US- led offensive to retake Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49