Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday that training of Turkish servicemen in Mosul's Bashiqa camp would continue.
"The training [conducted] there by Turkish troops will continue. The additional troops we had sent there [earlier this month] have been pulled back to rear positions," Kurtulmus told the media after a Cabinet meeting in Ankara.
"Turkey's main goal in sending additional troops to [Bashiqa camp] was to increase our sensitivity in the fight against Daesh and to better protect our soldiers there," Kurtulmus said.
"Now some of these additional troops were withdrawn from there [Bashiqa] but I would like to express that we are on alert not to jeopardize our presence there and elsewhere," he added.