Iraqi army plans to initiate major offensive against Daesh to retake control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul.
Nujaifi stated on Sunday that Turkish military experts came to several Iraqi military camps and started to provide military training.
The governor reiterated Iraq’s demands for weapons from Turkey, saying, “We demanded Turkey send weapons to our troops through Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled Al-Obeidi. We also expressed our military equipment demand to Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz during his official visit in Iraq.”
Expressing his criticisms regarding the central Iraqi government’s upcoming operation to retake Mosul, Nujaifi said, “The central Iraqi government in Baghdad has not given any assistance to our fighters so far. The central government has been acting very negligently on this issue. The new weapons and equipment were given to the central Iraqi government’s troops.”
The governor stressed that he could not give a specific date for the operation yet.
He also said that the Iraqi government had come to an agreement with the Turkish government regarding the training of militia troops.
Tikrit, a Sunni-majority city, is the birthplace of the deceased Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.