The Turkish Special Forces, known as the “maroon berets,” is set to launch a training program for the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, a Turkish official has told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Turkey has taken steps for the training program in northern Iraq for one month, as part of joint efforts in the struggle against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq, who had made serious advances toward Arbil in August.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, meanwhile, visited the Peshmerga’s military training camp in the Diyana and Berseve refugee camp in the district of Zakho on Nov. 21. […]