ANKARA (Sputnik) — The transfer of Turkish military equipment to the area close to Iraq is part of preparations to respond to the terrorist threat, Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Tuesday.
"We are right now in a serious fight against terrorist groups, both inside Turkey and just outside our border. This dispatch is part of preparation against those threats," Isik said, as quoted by Anadolu agency.
On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outlined plans to increase Turkish military personnel on the border with Iraq. He warned of response if Shiite militia took part in the fighting in Tal Afar, which is mostly populated by the Iraqi Turkmens.