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Urfa, Turkey – Turkish government said in a statement on Saturday that its troops hit locations of Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in northern Syria, while other strikes targeted positions of the Kurdistan Worker Party’s (PKK) in northern Iraq.
“The operations are ongoing against terrorist organizations of ISIS, PKK and the Party of the People’s Revolutionary Front, which threaten the security of the Turkish Republic, the security forces and the safety of Turkish civilians,” according the statement.
“Turkish Foreign Ministry has notified the United Nations, NATO and its allies about the military operations carried out by Turkish forces outside the borders, considering these operations in accordance with international laws, and Turkey’s legitimate right to defend its national sovereignty,” the government said.
On the other hand, leadership of the PKK declared the end of cease-fire with Turkey following the strike against its positions in northern Iraq.
Commenting on the developments, civil rights activist Badr Mullah Rashid told ARA News that the peace process between Turkey and the leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, “has not yet been formally terminated”.
“Peace talks usually witness tensions and confrontations, so we should wait until Ocalan make a statement about the current developments,” he argued.
“It seems that Turkey’s main objective of intervention in Syria is to prevent forming any potential Kurdish autonomy along the border,” he said.
“I think that the Syrian Turkmen and allied Islamist battalions will be covered in the Turkish-led safe-zone, and thus prevent any possible progress by the Kurdish forces of the YPG in northern Syria,” Rashid told ARA News.
Turkish security forces reported stormed houses of PKK supporters and arrested several Kurdish men on charges of ‘terrorism’.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News