Turkish Forces Killed 18 ISIL Members In attack to Bashiqa Camp

tttttTurkish forces have killed 18 members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after jihadists tried to sneak into a training camp in the Bashiqa region of northern Iraq late on Jan. 7, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confirmed on Jan. 8.

“Militants, reportedly of Daesh [were behind the attack]; I believe some 18 were neutralized,” Erdoğan said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL while preferring the word “neutralized” which may be employed to mean either killed or apprehended.

“There are no wounded friends; we have no such knowledge at the moment,” Erdoğan added, referring to reports of Turkish soldiers being wounded in the attack.

The first attack on the military camp, which is relatively close to ISIL-held Mosul, occurred on Dec. 16, 2015, when ISIL militants fired Katyusha projectiles at the camp.

Turkey deployed around 150 troops to the Bashiqa area earlier this month with the stated aim of training an Iraqi militia to fight ISIL.