Turkey may launch ground operation in Iraq if threatened: FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday Ankara could launch a ground operation in Iraq to remove any threats to Turkey that may arise.

“If there is a threat posed to Turkey, we are ready to use all our resources including a ground operation… to eliminate that threat,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with Kanal 24 broadcaster.

Ankara said this week it had already hit Islamic State group positions with its artillery at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq.