Turkey to continue anti-terrorist operations in Iraq’s Sinjar: defense minister
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 20
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey will continue air operations in Iraq’s Sinjar against militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said, Trend reports with reference to the Turkish media Dec. 20.
He noted that Turkey’s goal is to clear its borders from terrorists and ensure its own national security.
“Measures are being taken to clear from terrorists the Manbij area in northern Syria,” said Akar.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara may strike at Iraqi regions of Qandil, Sinjar and Makhmur.
The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has lasted more than 25 years, claiming more than 40,000 lives. PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN and the EU.
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