MOSUL – A senior Kurdish commander rejected the claims by Ankara officials that the Peshmerga forces have requested help from Turkey for the fight against the ISIL terrorist group in Northern Iraq.
“Contrary to the Turkish government’s claims, Peshmerga forces have never demanded the Turkish army to target the ISIL in Baishqa region in Nineveh province,” the Arabic-language media quoted Senior Peshmerga Commander Qias al-Sourchi as saying on Monday.
He went on to say that the Turkish army’s artillery fired 10 artillery shells, but opposite to the Turkish officials’ allegations they didn’t claim any casualty among the ISIL terrorists.
“Turkey is trying to hijack the Peshmarga forces’ advances and success,” al-Sourchi said.
He said that Kurdish Peshmerga forces have more advanced and stronger weapons than the Turkish army weapons and military grid in the region and they, thus, are needless of Ankara’s military aid.
Earlier on Monday, the General Command of Iraq’s Peshmerga Forces said that the units had accomplished their goals of the military operation conducted Northeast of the Iraqi city of Mosul.
“Peshmerga Forces have already achieved their primary objective in a large-scale operation near Bashiqa, North East of Mosul, to cordon off eight villages in an area measuring approximately 100 square kilometers,” the Command said in a statement issued on its Twitter page.
“The achievement which was realized ahead of planned time, positions Peshmerga forces less than 9 km, about 6 miles, from the outskirts of Mosul,” the Command said.
The statement said that the Peshmerga secured a significant stretch of a highway connecting Mosul with the town of Bashiqa to limit the ISIL terrorists’ freedom of movement.
The Command added that the Kurds managed to kill dozens of terrorists on Sunday, including Abu Faruq known as the emir of Bashiqa.
On October 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi announced the start of a military operation to retake Mosul from ISIL. According to local media, about 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and 4,000 Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are taking part in the operation, backed by airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition.