Turkish Defense Min: Sinjar won’t be new PKK stronghold

Turkish Defense Min: Sinjar won’t be new PKK stronghold
By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu
ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s defense minister said Tuesday that northern Iraq’s Sinjar region will not be allowed to become a new stronghold for the PKK terror group.
"We expect the Iraqi government to cooperate with us in ending the separatist PKK terror group’s presence in Iraqi territories," said Hulusi Akar during his budget speech in parliament.
Akar noted that Turkey respects the territorial integrity of Syria, Iraq and its neighbors.
"However, for the security of the country and the nation, our operations will continue until the PKK terror group has been completely defeated in the locations they exist in Iraq," he said.
Sinjar “will never be allowed to become a new [Mt.] Qandil".
The terrorist PKK has its main base in the Mt. Qandil region, which is located near the Turkish border.
On Thursday, the Turkish Armed Forces dealt a heavy blow to the PKK terror group in the Sinjar and Mt. Karajak regions.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children.
Akar also recalled the U.S.'s promise to remove the YPG/PKK terror group from Syria's Manbij region.
“However, we have determined that the terror group has dug trenches in Manbij,” he said.
"When the time comes, the terrorists in this region will be buried in the trenches they have dug," he stressed.
Akar also provided data on the number of Turkish armed forces personnel dismissed since the 2016 defeated coup attempt.
"Since July 15, [2016] due to FETO, a total of 15,154 personnel, including 150 generals and admirals and 7,595 officers, have been dismissed from the Turkish Armed Forces," he noted, referring to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkish-defense-min-sinjar-won-t-be-new-pkk-stronghold/1341686


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