Turkey Vexes As Iraq PMUs Attack ISIS-held Tel Afar

By Paul Antonopoulos

Turkey has said it will not remain silent on the Popular Mobilization Unit’s (PMU) offensive on the ISIS-held predominately-Turkmen town of Tal Afar, just west of Mosul in Iraq’s north.

“(Iraqi) Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, had pledged through the United States that the PMU would not enter Tel Afar, but on the ground, it seems they did enter,” the Turkish presidency spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin, said in a press statement on Sunday.

He then went onto say that Turkey “will not remain silent”, and “warns the Iraqi government, through the United States, that it is ought to honor its commitments.”

Turkey fears that the predominately Shi’ite PMU will carry out sectarian attacks on the Sunni Turkmen, an allegation that goes against the inter-faith policy of the militia.

In more than two years of ISIS-occupation of Tel Afar, Turkey have never offered to liberate the city, but have threatened to do so against the PMU.