Turkish soldiers deployed in northern Iraq’s Mosul region, security source says

At least several hundred Turkish soldiers have been deployed to provide training in northern Iraq’s Mosul region and coalition countries targeting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants are aware of the move, a Turkish security source told Reuters on Friday.

“Turkish soldiers have reached the Mosul Bashiqa region. They are there as part of routine training exercises. One battalion has crossed into the region,” the source said, declining to say exactly how many soldiers were deployed.

The Turkish soldiers are training Iraqi troops, he added.