Turkey announces formal military operations against Daesh in Iraq

Published November 5th, 2015 - 08:38 GMT

Turkey has plans to launch a military operation against Daesh in the near future, the Turkish foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Feridun Sinirlioglu was at a conference on the future of Middle East, held in Erbil in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region.

"Daesh threatens our way of life and security. We have plans to act militarily against them in the coming days. You will see. We should all stand together against this danger," he said. 

Daesh is believed to have been behind the Ankara bombing that killed 102 people.

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s office said last Wednesday that a Daesh cell from Gaziantep, a province in southern Turkey that borders Syria, carried out the Oct. 10 bombing, which was the deadliest in recent Turkish history.

According to prosecutors, there is also strong evidence that the cell was responsible for the Suruc suicide bombing on July 20 that killed more than 30 pro-Kurdish activists. 

The May 18 attacks on the offices of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) -- of which the MPs have mostly been elected in Turkey's southern and southeastern regions, where the population is essentially Kurdish -- and the June 5 attack on an HDP rally in Diyarbakir that killed four were also pinned on Daesh.

Since the Ankara bombing, there has been an increase in police operations against Daesh supporters in Turkey. Turkish jets on Saturday joined the U.S.-led coalition forces in an operation against Daesh positions near the Turkish-Syrian border.

The operations left more than 50 Daesh militants dead and 30 injured, Turkish security sources said.  

The Turkish foreign minister said Turkey would continue supporting Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan in the fight against Daesh.

"We will continue our efforts to eliminate all terrorist organizations. We will act in a responsible manner so that the Kurdish region and Iraq can be successful in the fight against terror. This is a very clear message to Iraq and the Kurdish region for a bright future," he said.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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