Mosul governor claims Turkey to join anti-IS operation in Mosul
Useyil Nujaifi Governor of the Iraqi northern province of Mosul has claimed that Turkey authorities decided to send assistance for the fight to drive Islamic State (IS) from Iraqi Kurdish city, Zaman daily said in a report.

Nujaifi told Kurdish Rudaw on Sunday that Ankara has agreed to send weapons and supplies for retaking Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, which is still under the control of IS, and the surrounding province of the same name.

His remarks comes on the heels of a trip earlier this week to Ankara by Iraqi Vice President Osama Nujaifi, Nujaifi's brother, during which he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

IS fighters seized Mosul last June as they swept through northern Iraq towards Baghdad, meeting virtually no resistance from the army and establishing a self-declared caliphate straddling the border between Iraq and Syria.

A US Central Command official said last week that an Iraqi and Kurdish military force of 20,000 to 25,000 troops is being prepared to recapture the city, probably in April or May.

News Code: 9744  |  Date: 2015/03/02  |  Time: 0 : 37

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