Turkey PM vows to fight Turkish militants
Turkey's prime minister on Sunday called for unity between Turks and Kurds, and stressed his government's determination to fight Iraq-based separatist Kurdish militants. "As long as we are firmly bound together, the treacherous separatist terrorist attacks will never reach their goal," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a message ahead of Oct. 29 celebrations marking the 84th anniversary of the Turkish republic.
"I want to declare this one more time: The struggle we lead against the separatist terrorism that aims to destroy our unity and our constitutional order will continue with belief and determination," he said, according to the AP.
Turkey's top military commander, Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, on Saturday promised to make the rebels "grieve with an intensity that they cannot imagine."
On Sunday, Turkish troops defused two roadside bombs believed to have been planted by the Kurdish militants in the province of Sirnak, close to the border with Iraq, the government-run Anatolia news agency reported.