The Turkish military is massively deploying battle tanks and military equipment close to the border with Iraq, the CNNTurk reported on November 1. The forces are heading from central Turkey to the districts of Silopi and Sirnak in the Sirnak province, according to the report.
In December 2015, Ankara deployed about 150 troops and 25 battle tanks to the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq. Since then, this force has been allegedy training the Kurdish Peshmerga and assisting it in the ongoing Mosul offensive.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Abadi demanded the withdrawal of the Turkish troops from the Iraqi territory. Nonetheless, Ankara denied this possibility and said that the Turkish military will play ‘an important role’ in the liberation of Mosul.