A fighter from the pro-government Popular Mobilisation units covers his ears as he sets off a rocket launcher in the village of Taz Khurmatu, on the southern outskirts of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, as they try to recpature the nearby village of al-Bashir from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on February 16, 2016.  / AFP / Mohammed SAWAFMOHAMMED SAWAF/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish troops taking on Isil in ‘secret battle’ in Iraq

Turkish troops are locked in a covert fight against the Islamic State in north Iraq, the Telegraph has learned, despite Baghdad’s insistence that they leave the country.

Just nine miles northeast of the Isil stronghold of Mosul a number of tanks overlook the sprawling Nineveh plains, where they have been positioned for months.

With their barrels trained on the city, Ankara’s ground forces are engaged in shelling Isil, according to a Kurdish Peshmerga general.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As Jimmy Durante would say, “Everybody wants to get into the act.”

    • It’s getting very hard to figure out who is who over there.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    What an unholy mess. Maybe just nuke it all and be done with it.

  • Me Here

    Bullsh-t they have been supporting them for years.

  • Sid Falco


    • Minicapt

      … buttocks …


  • simus1

    The turks like to keep an eye on oil fields near the old turkmen minority towns like Kirkuk and Mosul – just being a green good neighbour. Not trying to steal anything.

    A backgrounder: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_Force_Viking