Turkish Troops Said To Invade Iraq Near Mosul

Tyler Durden's picture

CNN Turkey, citing security forces officials, is reporting what appears to be yet another escalation in the middle east maelstrom:


As Bloomberg reportrs, about 1,200 Turkish soldiers have entered the Bashiqa region near the Islamic State-held Iraqi city of Mosul, CNN-Turk reports citing Turkish security forces.

  • Anti-Islamic State coalition members were informed of the move, Sabah newspaper reports

The number has now been "revised":

Of course the fact that Turkey has invaded Iraq isn't the curious thing here. After all, Turkey technically invaded Iraq on September 8 and has launched ground incursions across the border on a handful of occasions over the past two decades or so. There was "Operation Sun" in 2008. And then there was "Operation Steel" in 1995. And "Operation Hammer" in 1997." And "Operation Dawn." And the aplty named "Operation Northern Iraq." 

You get the idea. The question is this: what are they doing near Mosul, an ISIS stronghold?

Here are some hints from Stratfor:

Turkish troops reportedly entered Iraqi territory on Dec. 3, allegedly arriving at the Al Shikhan militia camp to help forces retake Mosul from the Islamic State, according to sources in the National Crowd for Liberating Ninevah militia and an anonymous peshmerga official, Aena News and Shafaq News reported Dec. 4. Ninevah Gov. Nawfal Humadi and Ninevah Operations Command leader Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jubouri denied the report, as did the Kurdistan Democratic Party. The anonymous peshmerga source said that the Turkish force is composed of three regiments armed with heavy weapons and that it will assist the fighters of the National Crowd for Liberating Ninevah, an umbrella group of militias, to combat the Islamic State. The Al Shikhan base camp, also known as Nargizliya Camp, is located on the border of Dahuk and Ninevah provinces and has to date trained 3,500 fighters. The report also suggested that an assault on Mosul would occur soon. Given the surprisingly sparse media reports about the supposed deployment of such a large force, Stratfor believes that this information should be taken with a note of caution. The presence of Turkish forces could be a mischaracterization of an expansion of Ankara's footprint in training the National Crowd for Liberating Ninevah rather than an actual deployment of large Turkish units for a mission to retake Mosul. If some element of this report is true, however, this would be a very notable development and a sizable increase in Turkey's commitment to the conflict in Iraq. The addition of three Turkish combat regiments could upend the balance in what has been a largely stagnant front. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Dec. 3 that he would reject any foreign ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State, calling any such incursion a violation of sovereignty that would be dealt with accordingly. Iraqi security forces have been working to isolate Islamic State-held Mosul by cutting lines of communication and directing airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition.

So suddenly, just as the world is scrutinizing Turkey's role in the Islamic State oil trade, Ankara decides to send anti-ISIS troops to Iraq? Are they trying to secure the crude trade and guard the trafficking routes?

This should be interesting.

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Jethro's picture

No doubt to secure "their" oil fields

tmosley's picture

Turkey is run by complete fucking idiots.

This is how you give Iraq over to Russia and hence to Iran.

Russia can bring in more troops with Iraqi cooperation than Turkey can shove across the border (or even has).

Looney's picture

Erdogan wants to kill a bunch of Kurds.

No ISIS-crazies will be hurt in the process.


Herd Redirection Committee's picture

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Out with the ISIS, in with the... Same guys, but a new name?  May I suggest "Moderate Islamic Rebels"?

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Herd Redirection Committee Dec 4, 2015 3:13 PM

Global Warming®, since rebranded Climate Change®, since rebranded CO2 Polluiton®, since rebranded Climate Disruption®.  Rebranding...

WordSmith2013's picture

Turkey's only in it for the war profiterring

Erdo?an’s Turkey: A War Profiteer That Plunders And Pillages Syria At Will  ...
... and Iraq when its not stealing from Sryria




WordSmith2013's picture

Correction: Turkey is also in it to assist with the Greater Israel project

The Syrian Holocaust: A Preplanned Genocide And Forced Exodus


Bastiat's picture

This is impossible!  Turkey is very sensitive to matters of sovereignty.

HowdyDoody's picture

Turkey will asisst with the Yinon Plan, only to find that it too will be thrown under the bus at the right time.



Bush Baby's picture

With all the war on the horizon, Obama will have to serve another term - ahahahahahah

krispkritter's picture

Really looking forward to a little roasted Turkey this Christmas...

Jethro's picture

How about a page from Obama, "Rebels with uncertain motives"?

Winston Churchill's picture


Most of the Turkish army is based in the eastern provinces.

Russia would have to go thru' them to deploy troops in quantity in Iraq.

39 days from Franz Joseph to the start of WWI, ten days since the Turks shot down the su-24.

Just saying, you have a little prep time left.

MadVladtheconquerer's picture
MadVladtheconquerer (not verified) Winston Churchill Dec 4, 2015 3:31 PM

Not to mention that if the Turks are entering to hit the Kurds, why would the Sunni rulers

give two shits?  

Winston Churchill's picture

Iran also has a Kurdish problem, so no transit that way either across the Caspian.

JRobby's picture

The plan is rolling out with precision timing and execution


Blankone's picture

This WW3 that keeps being tossed about and susposedly already started is a strange one.  It is a war where one side never attacks or shoots back.  NATO has never been fired upon by Russia.  Russia never moves into a NATO country.

silvermail's picture

What about the Russian bomber SU-24, that was shot down by a missile from a fighter NATO F-16?

wizteknet's picture

Let the drafting begin... Them unemployed youngen's need some work.

silvermail's picture

The economic situation is getting worse. Therefore, the United States really need a war between Turkey and Russia. Or between Russia and Germany.
That is, the United States needed a war between Russia and NATO, as much as possible away from the US border. Three years ago, many American economists openly wrote and spoke about the necessity of a new "good war", to rescue the US economy.

beemasters's picture

Let's see...we have been having wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc. Economy is not improving in the slightest. With the amount of debt now, US economy is beyond help.

Today's wars take a slightly different game. Whoever wins the information war will eventually rule. The truth bombs could destroy nations.

silvermail's picture

The US economy can be improved only by a war in which the United States did not participate until the moment when United States have ability to take the profits of the war.
For example: the United States waited on the sidelines and did not enter the war against Hitler until the moment when it became clear that Hitler's troops lost the war.
Up to this point, the United States did not participate in the war, but the gold accumulated by trading with Stalin and Hitler at the same time.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) McMolotov Dec 4, 2015 3:13 PM

Them and Harry Reid.

replaceme's picture

You're going to have to be a lot more specific there...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I thought they were into shagging SHEEPLE.  Sheeple-style.

I.e. "You give us your labor, money and fighting-age sons, or we screw you over real bad!"

lincolnsteffens's picture

Mission to destroy evidence of complicity.

Salah's picture

aw shucks, it's a 'pincer movement'...going to Baghdad and back into Syria thru the rear door

...or Erdogan has been reading up on Suleiman the Magnificent

Noplebian's picture
Noplebian (not verified) Jethro Dec 4, 2015 3:14 PM
Badsamm's picture

If Iraq defends its borders, do we get to invade Iraq for a 3rd time to defend our NATO fuckwad?

TimmyB's picture

This invasion serves three purposes: Steal oil, kill Kurds, and provide human shields for Turkey's ISIS allies.

The American public is going to force the US to hit ISIS hard after San Bernardino, and Turkey needs to provide a safe place to protect them before that happens.

MadVladtheconquerer's picture
MadVladtheconquerer (not verified) Jethro Dec 4, 2015 3:39 PM

Jethro!  Where the hell have you been?  Shaving?

BTW, those oilfields aren't "their" oilfields; they're mine!

The central planners's picture

If you are in NATO you hva e license to kill, invade and trade with terrorist that wh turd-key joined.

WhackoWarner's picture

ok.  The Turkeys now go direct to protect oil smuggling. And create an appearance of cooperation. 

However as member of NATO and per the Russian promise to share it's strategy and targets?  NATO (Turkeys) have advance warning of Russia (invited into Syria) bombing paths etc.  And Russian commitment to not intersect with coalition anti-terrorists forces.

Gotta love this bullshite.  


I also have to wonder regarding the UK and German forces.  RUSSIA promised to forewarn of activity in order to avoid any conceiveable damage to "coalition forces".  So now everyone is on the bandwagon and likely protecting the illegal oil smuggling/ arms supply routes that have been exposed.



jerry_theking_lawler's picture

So, when did it become legal for a country to simply let its military walk into another country and start taking over??

So, all these years, the Red Dawn movie was a fake. Russia (and in the revision, China) have the right to just send in troops to the country. Never knew.

This is insane and Iraq should condemn this immediately and tell Turkey to leave. Give a deadline and if they are not out, tell Russia to turn hades aloose on them.....

Money_for_Nothing's picture

To keep Russia from bombing their oil fields and routes. Also to give US pretense to not bomb their oil fields and routes.

One And Only's picture

Whoops sorry didn't see you there. Boom.

You looked like oil convoy.


zebrakid's picture

1200 seems fair retribution for 2 russian piolets

HowdyDoody's picture

This is covering the loss of the hardware (Su-24 and Mi-8?). The bill for the loss of the pilot and the marine will be collected separately.


WhackoWarner's picture

Won;t happen. Putin is not that stupid and will not provoke.  UK?Germany?  and now the Turkeys are converging.  Putin commited to the "coalition" that Russian strategy would be forewarned and shared to prevent any confrontation.  That is what got his plane targeted and destroyed. The sharing of the flight paths in advance that allowed the Turkeys to hone in a plane,


This is just sick.  Now put UK/German/Turkeys on the ground to "support the fight against ISIS"??????  Give me a break.


Hohum's picture

Ok, but how will it affect my stocks?

Salah's picture

Turkey's out of NATO...can't trust the white sand-niggers

hedgeless_horseman's picture




Invades Iraq? 


11b40's picture

Hasn't happened since the last time the U.S. did it.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Zoomed in to read the bumper sticker on that NATO tank transport...

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Or horrible, if you happen to live in Eurasia.