A file picture shows Turkish soldiers position their vehicle a few hundreds meters from the border line near Suruc, Turkey.

Al-Masdar a few days ago reported that Turkey had violated Iraq’s territorial integrity by sending a few hundred troops to just north of ISIS’ de facto Iraq capital of Mosul.

It has now been reported in Turkish media circles that Erdogan is set to escalate the situation further by having in excess of 2000 soldiers from as little a couple hundred currently in Iraq.

Their role is supposedly to only train the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Sunni Arab militias fighting ISIS.

There has been no coordination with Baghdad who denounce Turkish military violations.

This could be in response to help bolster Peshmerga forces as Russia supports rival YPG forces in Syria.

This is a tense situation as Turkey two weeks shot down a Russian jet that had allegedly violated Turkish airspace for as little as 17 seconds.

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Turkey would NEVER EVER train the Kurdish forces, regardless if they are Peshmerga, YPG, and obviously PKK.