Turkey fears sectarian conflict in Iraq after taking Mosul

ANKARA, Oct 4 — RIA Novosti. The Iraqi area of Mosul after his release from the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) can turn into the area of inter-religious conflict, said Tuesday the Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim.

“There is activation in Mosul and tal afar. We fear that after the clearing operation from IG these areas can develop in the area of religious confrontation. But the US government in relation to Mosul continues to be under influence of other views, our allies are not too transparent. And this way neither for Iraq, nor Iraqis, nor for the brotherhood in the region is not too good. To give to Shiite militias, and then add to them the Kurdish militias (self-defense forces of Syrian Kurds — ed) — means to light a new bonfire,” said Yildirim, speaking in the Turkish Parliament.

According to him, in tal afar is inhabited both Sunnis and Shiites.

“If you disturb that balance, it can cause great tragedy. Violation of the demographic and ethnic structure instead of stability will deepen the conflict”, — said the Turkish Prime Minister.

The second largest city in Iraq Mosul has been captured by terrorists in 2014, and remains their main stronghold. The Iraqi military and its allies, including the people’s militia continue to prepare for a decisive offensive. In the United States previously said that the operation to regain Mosul could begin in mid-October.