Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The military operations will be further continued in northern Iraq, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said.
“The operations in northern Iraq are not directed against the statehood of this country or against any nation,” Akar added, Trend reports referring to the Turkish media.
"Turkey is fighting against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which poses a threat to the country’s national security," Akar said.
The Turkish National Intelligence Organization and the country's Air Force have recently conducted an operation to eliminate Riza Altun, the closest ally of Cemil Bayik, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group.
After Altun’s location was revealed, the Turkish Air Force delivered a precision strike on a house where the terrorist was.
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. The PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the UN and the EU.
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