Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed on Saturday that his country is determined to keep its borders secure through its military operations, according to the Anadolu Agency.
This came after he announced on Monday that his country’s military operations in northern Syria and in Iraq would not have limited themselves to just one air campaign and that discussions would have taken place on the participation of ground forces.
He told reporters that the Turkish General Staff and the Defense Ministry would jointly decide on the participation of the ground forces, according to Reuters.
About 30 dead
Interestingly, last Sunday, Ankara announced the launch of a military air operation against Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq, which killed about 30 people after a bloody attack in Istanbul.
He also blamed both the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Syria to be behind the attack, but have denied any connection to it.
Turkey believes the PKK, both in northern Syria and in Iraq, responsible for carrying out terrorist operations on its territory and threatening its security.
This has prompted it, in recent years, to carry out 3 military operations in northern Syria, as well as carrying out several attacks on the Iraqi border.
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