BAGHDAD, IRAQ (11:15 A.M.) – The Spokesperson for the Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve Council, Lt. Colonel John L. Dorrian, stated on Wednesday that the Turkish Army in northern Iraq is not part the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) inside the country.
Furthermore, Lt. Colonel Dorrian went as far as to label the Turkish Army’s incursion into northern Iraq as an “illegal” action that was permitted by the Iraqi government.
“The Turkish Army on Iraqi soil is illegal and has not entered the country with the official permission of the Iraqi government. Several countries that are part of the International Coalition Forces are in Iraq due to the permission of the Iraqi Government. These countries support the Iraqi Army in the fight against ISIS,” Lt. Colonel Dorrian added.
This statement was released by the official media wing of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) on Wednesday; its authenticity was denied by the Daily Sabah.