19 June, Tuesday

Ankara, Baghdad could jointly target PKK terrorists in Iraq, FM Çavuşoğlu says


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Turkey can carry out a cross-border military operation against PKK terrorists in northern Iraq jointly with Baghdad after the elections in May, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday.
Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey and Iraq reached a consensus regarding a joint operation, as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi wants to clear all terrorist organizations off the country.
"The PKK terrorists have infiltrated mountains and cities in Iraq," Çavuşoğlu said, adding that it is necessary to clear the terrorists.
He also noted that the PKK is becoming a threat to not only the central administration in Baghdad but also to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) as they are attempting to form canton-like structures in the country.
The foreign minister noted that Turkey's ongoing Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin, targeting the PKK-linked People's Protection Units (YPG) and Daesh terrorists is expected to be completed by May.
"Turkey has the capacity to carry out both operations simultaneously," the foreign minister said, indicating that the country will not wait until the anti-terror operation in Syria is complete to start the operation in Iraq.
Meanwhile, Çavuşoğlu also said that Turkey has sent a diplomatic note to Sweden for the provisional arrest of terrorist PKK-linked PYD's former co-chair Salih Muslum, who is currently in Stockholm.
Muslum was briefly detained in the Czech Republic but was later released by a court, despite Turkey's request for his provisional arrest and extradition for terror charges. He was then spotted in Germany attending a pro-PKK rally.

Daily Sabah

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