Iraqi forces may enter Syria to fight ISIL

This is the first time an Iraqi official speaks about the possibility of sending troops into war-torn Syria to fight ISIL

Iraqi forces may enter Syria to fight ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Iraqi adviser hinted Saturday that Iraqi forces might enter Syrian territories to fight the ISIL militant group. 

Speaking at a forum in Najaf in central Iraq, Faleh al-Fayyad, a national security adviser to the Iraqi government, said Iraqi forces were making progress in the ongoing operation to retake ISIL-held Mosul city. 

“…we might be forced to enter Syrian territories to fight ISIL after liberating Mosul,” he added. 

This is the first time that an Iraqi official speaks about the possibility of sending troops into war-torn Syria to fight ISIL. 

Iraq’s shares long borders with Syria. 

Fayyay denied that the PKK terrorist group was participating in the anti-ISIL offensive in Mosul. 

“The participation of this group will not be allowed,” he said. 

On Oct. 18, the Iraqi army -- backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes -- launched a much-anticipated operation to retake Mosul, which ISIL overran in mid-2014. 

While most villages on the city’s outskirts have since fallen, ISIL remains in control of Mosul, which is the last ISIL stronghold in northern Iraq. 

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