An airstrike has left at least 20 pro-government tribal fighters dead near the Iraqi city of Mosul, a USA defense official told AFP, while admitting that the strike had "most likely" been carried out by US-led coalition jets.
Anderson says he's confident Mosul will fall, although he's offering no specific timetable.
Turkey announced late on Tuesday that it was summoning Iraq's ambassador to complain about the parliamentary vote. It pledged to recapture the city this year.
"So it's definitely not over". "It was realized to train local forces to fight Islamic State in that area".
The coming Islamic State insurgency in Iraq coincides with rising regional tensions between Iraq and Turkey.
On Wednesday, Iraq summoned the Turkish ambassador to Baghdad to protest what it said were "provocative" comments from Ankara about the troop deployment.
Turkey and Iraq have summoned each other's ambassadors in a mounting diplomatic stand-off and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned Turkey that it risked triggering a "regional war" by keeping troops in Iraqi territory.
The Iraqi government is preparing to launch a major military operation, with air support from the USA -led coalition, to retake Mosul this year.
USA and Iraqi officials have portrayed the fight for Mosul as a potential turning point in the war.
"The government of Kurdistan [i.e., the KRG] provided the facilities necessary for this process", Dizayi said. The PMF were established by the Iraqi government back in June of 2014 to fight the Islamic State (IS). She added that Iraq is fighting ISIS and this requires Turkey's support and not using internal problems to impose a situation.
The Mosul operation - which Western officials have indicated could start this month - will involve a heterogenous coalition of sometimes rival Iraqi forces including soldiers, police, Kurdish peshmerga fighters, and both Sunni and Shiite militiamen. "There are no other major objectives".
Nevertheless, the Pentagon's spokesman praised the Turkish contribution to the anti-ISIS coalition.
Gen. Dave Anderson tells reporters at the Pentagon that the battle will become more hard after Mosul.
Turkish troops have entered Iraq several times before, albeit mostly with the consent of the Baghdad government.
Sheikh Nazhan al-Lihaibi said the strike occurred early on October 5, following hours of clashes between his troops and IS militants in the Haj Ali area.
Comments by Brig. Gen. Dave Anderson, who heads the USA -led coalition's train-and-equip program for Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces, came during a video conference from Baghdad.
It is unclear whether the Iraqi army or the US-led coalition carried out the erroneous strike that killed at least 20.
"Training of the Iraqi security forces and anti-ISIL forces includes a tailored approach based off of the needs of the unit and at the request of the government of Iraq and is informed by coalition advice", he explained.