Human Rights

Turkey says reserves right to attack PKK top base in Qandil

Turkey reserves the right to launch an operation where there is a threat to Turkey, namely the base of PKK terrorists in the mountain of Qandil, northern Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

Speaking to reporters after a Cabinet meeting in Ankara, Bozdag talked about a possible military operation on Mt. Qandil, the PKK’s headquarters. “Turkey could enter Qandil, anything could happen.” According to Turkish news agency (Andolu) Bozdag said “where there is a terrorist threat to Turkey, there is a target for Turkey.

“Both terrorists and all the resources of terrorism are the targets for Turkey,” he added.

Airstrikes on PKK targets in northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Mt. Qandil region, near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed campaign.

In its 30-year-plus terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for some 40,000 deaths.

With regard to the withdrawal of YPG/PKK terrorists from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, Bozdag said a roadmap on Manbij that ensures its security and stability would be implemented under a timetable.

Source: Kuwait News Agency