Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu praised the security forces for their outstanding efforts following the arrest of two DAESH suspects on Wednesday who were allegedly planning a suicide bomb attack.
Police arrested the pair over their alleged plan of carrying out a suicide attack during New Year celebrations in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara.
With respect to the issue, Davutoglu said that “We are doing our best all over Turkey with all our strength, intelligence and security units to fight against terrorism.’’
‘’I would like to congratulate our security units and police once again.’’ Davutoglu said while he noted that the interrogations of the suspects still continue.
Turkish PM also emphasised that the security forces in the country were on full alert against any possible terror threat.
Turkey’s fight against DAESH terrorist group has been continuing since July, when a DAESH suicide bombing killed dozens of people in Suruc district of Sanliurfa province on July 20.
Another suicide bombing attack by DAESH killed 102 people and injured 500 in Turkey’s capital of Ankara on Oct 10.
Turkey later launched comprehensive terror operations to capture DAESH terrorist within the country.
Davutoglu also touched upon the recent development regarding the Kurdish People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) replacing DAESH in Syria.
Davutoglu said “The only alternative to DAESH in that region bordering Turkey is the Free Syrian Army.” while he added that “Whoever threatens Turkey, whether DAESH or YPG, Turkey will fight with it when necessary.” Davutoglu said.
Turkey defines the YPG as the Syrians affiliated with the PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, as well as the US, EU, and NATO.
A United Nations report accused YPG militants of committing war crimes against Arabs and Turkmen minorities in the northern regions of Syria, where they took control from DAESH in February with the help of US-supplied weapons and US-led air strikes.
Davutoglu also said that the Free Syrian Army was struggling to defend Aleppo and Idlib in northwest Syria while under heavy Russian bombardments.
He criticised Russia’s support for Bashar al Assad’s forces, saying that “Russia is pleased with DAESH because its presence ensures the legitimacy of the Syrian regime. The Syrian regime is also pleased with DAESH.”
Russia began its air operations in Syria on Sept. 30 with the aim of supporting the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
While the Kremlin says the air strikes target the DAESH terrorist group, some members of the western NATO alliance believe Russia is targeting groups opposed to Assad, including some that enjoy US and Turkish support.
According to a report released earlier this month by Amnesty International, Russian air strikes in Syria have killed “hundreds” of Syrian civilians over the last three months.