Turkish artillery has killed 17 IS militants in Mosul operation: Minister

Turkey wants to play a bigger role in the Iraqi-led offensive against the jihadists in Mosul, but Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declined the offer,

By: Reuters | Ankara | Published:October 24, 2016 5:56 pm
Iraqi army vehicles are seen during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 21, 2016. Picture taken October 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. Iraqi army vehicles are seen during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, October 21, 2016. Picture taken October 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkish artillery fire has killed 17 Islamic State militants since the battle to drive them from the Iraqi city of Mosul began and four Turkish F-16 fighter jets are on standby to take part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday. Turkey wants to play a bigger role in the Iraqi-led offensive against the jihadists in Mosul, but Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday declined an offer from Ankara to take part.

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Speaking at a joint news conference with his visiting French counterpart, Cavusoglu also said Turkey will be more active in fighting the Kurdish PKK militant group in Iraq. The PKK has waged a three-decade insurgency in southeastern Turkey and maintains bases in northern Iraq.