The prime minister’s office has announced that the Turkish Armed Forces will continue their military operations against the PKK terrorist organisation without interruptions during the winter, following a high-level security meeting led by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
This is the first meeting, following Davutoglu’s incumbent Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) victory in the elections on November 1, in which the Justice and Development Party gained the most seats in the Turkish Parliament.
The statement released by Davutoglu’s office on Wednesday stated that the prime minister congratulated security units at the meeting for their outstanding efforts during the election period.
Turkey’s top officials have discussed security matters in detail, reviewing the recent anti terrorism operations against PKK groups and deciding on their continuation according to the statement.
The PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, EU, and NATO.
The high-ranking military officials have informed the prime minister on the operations along the Iraqi border and success “in the regions of Oramar, Ikiyaka, and Daglica where the members of the terrorist organisation have been cleared [by security forces].”
The mentioned regions are located in the countryside of the Hakkari province in eastern Turkey, which borders Iran and is also in a close proximity to the Iraqi border.
“The Prime Minister ordered the operations to proceed on a continuous process under winter conditions also,” the statement declared.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously emphasised, “The operations against the PKK in Turkey and abroad are being taken in a determined way. There will be no break, we will go on,” in a speech on Oct. 4 according to Anadolu Agency.
Turkey’s General Staff issued a statement on Oct. 4, saying that at least 15 terrorists were killed in clashes during operations against outlawed PKK targets in the Daglica area of Hakkari’s Yuksekova district.
“Two of our friends were martyred and another one was injured in clashes during the operations in Yuksekova district on Nov. 4,” the statement also confirmed.
In addition, the governorates of Diyarbakir and Elazig in Turkey’s east have declared curfews in different neighbourhoods in their respective districts of Hani, Lice, and Aricak.
Batman governorate, located in the southeastern region of the country, has announced that security forces seized military equipment and various supplies belonging the group, during the operations against the PKK hideouts in the areas of Batman’s Sason district.
PKK terror attacks have killed 150 security officials and over 30 civilians in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK, which was founded in 1974 by Abdullah Ocalan and his supporters. Armed clashes and acts of violence have continued on and off for more than 30 years, and claimed more than 40,000 lives.
The prime minister’s office also stated that the attendees of the latest security meeting “have discussed the developments in Syria and joint operations with the US-led coalition against the DAESH elements [in the country].”
Last Saturday, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets reportedly attacked several DAESH terror organisation targets in northern Syria and across the country’s southern province of Kilis, killing 50 DAESH terrorists.
Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu proclaimed in northern Iraq on Wednesday that "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," during his first foreign trip, following the elections according to Anadolu Agency.
Turkey and northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government have been strong allies in the combat against the PKK and DAESH.