Four Turkish Troops Wounded in IS Attack On Iraqi Camp
Four Turkish soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when Islamic State (IS) jihadists fired mortars on a training camp near the Iraqi city of Mosul, a Turkish official and the army said.
The Turkish military said it responded to the attack on the Bashiqa camp used to train Iraqi anti-jihadist fighters with Turkish help with fire of its own.
The army confirmed the attack in a statement, saying it took place in the context of clashes between IS fighters and Kurdish peshmerga fighters at 3:10 pm (1310 GMT).
According to CNN-Turk, IS jihadists fired up to 60 mortar rounds over several hours.
One of the Turkish troops was seriously wounded but his life is not in danger, it added. The army said all four had been taken for treatment in the Sirnak province on the Turkish side of the border.
Turkey earlier this month announced that hundreds of troops had been deployed at the Bashiqa camp to protect Turkish military who were training local Iraqi fighters seeking to recapture Mosul from the IS.
But the deployment outraged the central Iraqi government in Baghdad, which bitterly complained to Ankara and said it would take the issue to the UN Security Council.