Turkey can withstand terrorists of “Islamic State”, says Erdogan

Türkiye Materials 28 July 2015 14:19 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 28

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

Turkey can withstand the terrorists of the "Islamic State" and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), TRT Haber TV channel reported July 28 citing the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He said Turkey sees no difference between PKK and IS and will continue combating them.

Turkish air force destroyed the military camp of PKK in Hakurk in Iraq's north July 27. It was the second PKK camp bombed by Turkish air force in recent days. Earlier, Turkish air force bombed the PKK camp in Metina in Iraq's north.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu previously said that the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq supports Turkey's operations against PKK.

Turkish air force started large scale operations July 25 in Iraq's north where the PKK camps as located. No details of the operation have been reported.

Turkish Parliament adopted the so-called Syrian mandate in 2012. Under this mandate, Ankara is empowered to take any measures against terror and other threats against the country, repulse the threat that can come from terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, protect the country's interests before and after the crisis, as well as, in the case of necessity, to involve the army in the military operations in other countries (Syria and Iraq).

The mandate envisages the possibility of presence of foreign troops on the country's territory and their use at the discretion of the Turkish government when needed.

Edited by SI


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