Erdogan: Turkey’s Armed Forces may enter Iraq’s Sinjar
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 19
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
Turkey’s Armed Forces may enter Iraq’s northern Sinjar town to fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Turkish media cited the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying March 19.
He added that the Turkish authorities have repeatedly stressed that PKK is a threat to Turkey and Iraq.
"If the Iraqi government delays the fight against the PKK, Turkey’s Armed Forces will solve this problem rapidly," Erdogan said.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkey is negotiating with Iraq to launch joint operations against PKK.
Yildirim stressed that all regional countries must strengthen the fight against terrorism.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey and Iraq will launch joint military operations against PKK from May 2018.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for more than 30 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.
The UN and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization.
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