Turkish air force jets joined in Mosul operation: PM

Turkish air force jets joined in the air operation backing Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga to retake Iraq's second city of Mosul from jihadists, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday.

"Our air forces took part in the coalition forces' air operations in Mosul," Yildirim told his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary group in Ankara.

The long-awaited offensive began Monday with air and ground support from a US-led coalition. Yildirim said Turkey was "closely-watching" what was happening but did not give details on the nature of the Turkish air support.

Yildirim repeated President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments from Monday that Turkey would be involved in the operation and will be "at the table".

He warned that anyone taking steps in the region without taking Turkey into account would be making "big mistakes".

Source: National News Agency