ANKARA (Sputnik) – In 2014, Turkey started training Kurdish militias in northern Iraq, also known as Peshmerga. The militia has reportedly liberated about 95 percent of the Iraqi Kurdistan from the jihadists.
“Turkey has launched a training program for the Iraqi National Guard as part of the struggle against Islamic State militants,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with A Haber television.
In 2012, the IS began fighting the Syrian government, later expanding its operations to Iraq. The militant group currently controls large areas across Iraq and Syria, including major cities.
A US-led coalition is conducting airstrikes against the militants, while Syrian and Iraqi government troops, as well as Kurdish militias, are fighting the IS on the ground.