Turkish special forces have started training local Iraqi and Syrian groups to fight the Islamic State group, officials here said.

“The training mission has taken off with a view to reinforce Iraqi groups that volunteer to fight ISIS,” a senior Turkish diplomat said. “But Turkey’s contribution to the [western] coalition’s fight against ISIS will not be limited to training. Logistical support will be given [as well].”

A military official said that the special forcmaes, also known as the “Maroon Berets,” were training Kurdish peshmerga in the Iraqi cities of Arbil. He said the training program also involves ethnic Turkmen forces in Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, as well as in a discreet location inside Syria.[…]