Pentagon sees role for Turkey in Mosul battle

Abu Dhabi—US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Saturday he was confident that Turkey would take part in the operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the ISIS group.
“I think there is agreement there in principle,” he said after a visit to Turkey, following tensions between Ankara and Baghdad that have alarmed Washington.
“Iraq understands that Turkey as a member of the counter-ISIL (ISIS) coalition will play a role in counter-ISIL operations in Iraq and secondly that Turkey since it neighbors the region of Mosul has an interest (in) the ultimate outcome in Mosul,” Carter said.
“I am confident that we can work things out and there are things that would be productive for Turkey to do and we just need to work through these practicalities.”—Agencies

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