Turkish minister announces readiness to continue fighting terrorism
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 4
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey, as before, will carry on the fight against the PKK and "Islamic State" (IS) terrorist organizations and the Fethullah Gulen (FETO) terrorist movement, Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, Trend reports via the country's media.
The minister noted that the mentioned terrorist organizations pose a threat not only to the national security of Turkey, but also to all countries of the region.
The conflict between Turkey and 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.
Fethullah Gulen and his supporters are accused of a military coup attempt in Turkey.
A group of rebels attempted a military coup in Turkey on the night of July 16, 2016. The main confrontation broke out in Ankara and Istanbul. More than 250 Turkish citizens were killed, over 2,000 people were injured, the mutiny was suppressed.
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