"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]."
The training program aims to augment a looming military offensive against ISIS to retake Mosul.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in early March that Turkey was willing to support a possible operation to reclaim Mosul from ISIS, but it will avoid any direct combat unless it is attacked on its own soil.
Neither the Turkish diplomat nor the military official could confirm whether the Turkish support would also include sending arms and other military equipment to the anti-ISIS coalition.
Burak Ege Bekdil is a Turkey correspondent for Defense News. He has written for Hurriyet Daily News, and worked as Ankara bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He is also a fellow at the Middle East Forum and regularly writes for the Middle East Quarterly and Gatestone Institute.