Ankara – Iraq is unable to drive the Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants from the city of Mosul on its own, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
“If Turkey was simply concerned about fighting ISIS, this would be less of a problem. But this is an effort to set [up] a zone of influence,” said Kirk Sowell, a political risk analyst based in Amman, Jordan.
“[Turkey’s deployment] could increase the chance of direct conflict between Baghdad forces and Turkey-backed Sunni forces, or even Turkish forces directly,” Sowell added.
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