ANKARA / MOSUL: Turkey is ready for hundreds of thousands of potential refugees fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul after a U.S.-backed operation to oust Islamic State began, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

However, Turkey does not expect an influx of refugees if the operation is conducted "correctly," Kurtulmus told reporters in comments broadcast live.

Turkey has repeatedly warned the operation in Mosul could unleash sectarian strife. It has been locked in a row with Baghdad about the presence of Turkish troops at a camp in northern Iraq and over who should take part in the assault on Iraq's second-biggest city.

In addition, Reuter reports:

Some 3,000 Iraqi forces trained by Turkey are taking part in a U.S.-led operation to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

Earlier, military sources told Reuters about half of the 3,000 Turkish-trained forces were participating, while the other half were being kept in reserve.

Turkey has been locked in a row with Iraq's central government over the presence of Turkish troops at a camp in northern Iraq and over who should take part in the assault on Mosul

Another source of Reuters report: 'UNHCR fears 100,000 may flee Mosul for Syria, Turkey; seeks funds'

The United Nations refugee agency said on Monday that up to 100,000 Iraqis may flee to Syria and Turkey to escape the Iraqi government's military assault aimed at ousting Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued an appeal for an additional $61 million to provide tents, camps, winter items and stoves for displaced inside Iraq and the two neighboring countries.

"UNHCR is concerned that events in Mosul may cause up to 100,000 Iraqis to flee towards Syria and Turkey," it said. "Preparedness plans are underway in Syria to receive up to 90,000 Iraqi refugees."