Turkey announces increase in border operations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced an increase in border operations. Earlier on Sunday, the Turkish military claimed at a news conference that Kurdish rebels had killed 13 of its citizens, including members of the army. Then came the announcement on Monday to step up operations against Kurdish terrorists.

Turkey launched a military operation called “Eagle’s Claw 2” against Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq this month. The operation was launched to rescue 13 Turkish nationals held hostage by the Kurds. The operation killed 48 members of the Kurdish armed forces. At a news conference on Sunday, Turkish Defense Minister Hulsi Akar said the operation had killed 47 people, including three senior members of the Kurdish fighters, and captured two rebels alive. Three Turkish soldiers were wounded in the operation. Kurdish rebels have shot dead 13 abducted Turkish nationals, including members of the army.

Complaining that Turkey did not get enough international solidarity in the killing of 13 civilians, Erdogan said on Tuesday, “Whether you talk or not, we know our responsibility.” We will not give terrorists a chance. We will increase operations in areas where there are major threats.

Earlier in a televised speech on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of backing the Kurdish rebel group PKK.

Turkey, the European Union, and the United States have listed the PKK, a Kurdish rebel group in northern Iraq’s Kandil Mountains, as a terrorist group. More than 40,000 people have been killed in Turkey’s decades-long war with Kurdish forces.

(Dhaka Times / 18 February / KI / JB)


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