Turkey opposes Iraqi Shiite militia going to Tal Afar

Turkey opposes Iraqi Shiite militia going to Tal Afar

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country opposes any presence of the Iraqi Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militia in the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, Rudaw‎ reports.

“Tal Afar is a very sensitive issue for us. We definitely do not regard it [Hashd involvement] positively in Tal Afar and Sinjar. I already told this to officials clearly,” Erdogan said on Saturday according to Anadolu news.

“Tal Afar is a totally Turkmen city, with half Shia and half Sunni Muslims. We do not judge people by their religious affiliation, we regard them as Muslims,” he added, “But if Hashd al-Shaabi terrorizes the region, our response would be different.”

Erdogan was speaking shortly after the Hashd began their operation against Tal Afar, which sits between Mosul and the Syrian border.

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