Turkey cancels flights to one of south-eastern provinces
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.8
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey canceled all of today's flights of Turkish Airlines to Diyarbakir province due to deterioration of the situation in the south-east of the country, the Turkish Kanal 7 TV channel reported Oct.8.
In addition, a curfew in the province of Diyarbakir was extended until October, 9.
In early October the Kurds-populated Syrian town of Kobani, was taken under control by the IS. The move triggered mass protests among the Kurds in six provinces of Turkey against the country's non-intervention policy.
Following the protests, a curfew was declared in the provinces of Diyarbakir, Mardin, Siirt, Mus, Van, Batman.
On Oct. 2, 2014, the Turkish parliament adopted a mandate that gave permission for the country's armed forces to participate in the military operations abroad.
Turkish PM Davutoglu said Turkey will take part in ground operations against the IS in Syria only if the airspace of Syria is declared a no-fly zone.
The terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.