Ankara vows to carry on operations in N. Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey said on Saturday it would continue its counterterror operations in Iraq’s northern Sinjar region, Turkish Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said.

“PKK terror group has used Iraqi soil as a base to attack Turkey for many years,” Hami Aksoy said in a statement.

“As a result of these attacks, tens of thousands of our people were killed. Activities of PKK terror group on Iraqi and Syrian soils have been a national security issue for Turkey,” Aksoy added.

The spokesman warned that his country’s anti-terror operations would continue as long as terror organizations exist in Iraqi territories.

The Turkish Armed Forces said on Friday its warplanes had destroyed more than 30 positions of terrorist groups in northern Iraq.

The PKK has been listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU.

Source: Kuwait News Agency