Turkish PM names country’s enemies
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The Syrian regime, Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Islamic state (IS) are the enemies of Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted Oct. 28 by Anadolu news agency as saying.
While commenting on the situation in the Syrian city of Kobani with the fights between militants of the IS terrorist organization and the Syrian wing of the PKK, Davutoglu said that the events in Kobani are only part of the Syrian crisis.
"The protection of Kobani city is out of the question until the Syrian crisis is resolved," he stressed.
Turkish government has repeatedly stated that there are no civilians in Kobani any more and the city has turned into a battleground between the Syrian wing of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the militants of the 'Islamic State' which currently controls some parts of the city.
Reportedly, over 150,000 refugees from Kobani have fled to Turkey.
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.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, starting military actions against government forces there.
In late June 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the "Islamic Caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria.
In turn, the Iraqi authorities asked international community for help in fighting the IS.