(IraqiNews.com) The Turkish military began training 800 fighters of al-Hashed al-Watani militia in a camp in the area of al-Shaikhan, located 12 km north of Mosul, according to the Turkish Anadolu News Agency.
Mahmoud Surchi, a Kurdish commander of al-Hashed al-Watani militia, told Anadolu, “20 Turkish officers are participating in the training 800 Sunni and Turkeman in a camp in the district of al-Shaikhan, located 12 km north of Mosul in northern Iraq,” pointing out that, “550 fighters had completed their training and 800 others would finish theirs in the near future, while a further 500 others are going to join the camp later for their military training.”
“There are 20 Turkish officers who provide military training in the camp,” he said.
Surchi added that al-Hashed al-Watani militia fighters will play a vital rule in the military operation to liberate al-Mosul as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces are expected to be on the front lines in the northern and eastern regions of Mosul.
“We are waiting for the operation to start within the next few months,” Surchi told Anadolu.