Turkey insists it will be part of the settlement after the battle for Mosul is over

Erdoğan insisted today, speaking at the International Law Congress held in Istanbul, that Turkey will take part in operations to liberate Mosul from Daesh/IS, and that it will be at the diplomatic table in the aftermath.

Irrespective of previous declarations by Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş confirmed that the 3,000 Turkish trained forces of the Nineveh Brigades, who are all Sunni fighters from the local area, are participating directly in the Mosul operation. Furthermore, Turkish artillery and air power will provide cover for the south-westerly Peshmerga advance, which would be seriously compromised without this backing.

Abadi’s pronouncements denouncing the Turkish presence were driven by the power-play for influence within the Shia bloc with Nouri al-Maliki, who announced bluntly that Mosul should be taken ‘in the same manner’ as Damascus, Sana’a, and Beirut were taken, leaving little to the imagination.