Turkish President Erdoğan: It is Out of Question for Turkey to Stay Out of Mosul
Erdogan: Turkey doesn’t participate in Mosul operation, there will be serious consequences Turkey will not be responsible.
Ankara cannot be excluded from the operation launched to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Oct. 17, stressing that Turkey continues to be under threat from that region.
“What do they say? Turkey shouldn’t enter Mosul. Why can’t we enter? We have a 350-kilometer border with Iraq. Others who have nothing to do with the region enter it. We will not be responsible for the negative consequences that would emerge from any operation that doesn’t include Turkey. We will be involved both in the operation and at the negotiating]table afterward. It is not possible for us to stay excluded,” Erdoğan said.
The president said that Daesh has recruited foreign fighters even from as far as Australia, and Turkey has expelled 3,800 foreign fighters so far. Daesh is being used as an excuse while Syria and Iraq is being devastated, Erdoğan said, noting that the terrorist group can be defeated right away if there is common will for it.
Nobody should expect us to leave Bashiqa,” Erdoğan said.