Erdogan says Turkey up against ‘western-backed terrorism’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reminded countering terrorism is not short term struggle as country face terror threats supported by West

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

Turkish soldiers patrol border with Syria as YPG militans stand facing them in this archieved photo.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed that terrorism cannot be ended in short term and there is no need to try to convince the society otherwise since the terrorist organization (PKK) have extensive operations both in and outside the country.

President Erdogan responded to questions on a joint TV programme on Wednesday night.

“Turkey’s fight against terrorist groups resolutely continues. Regardless of the outcome of the Nov. 1 election, the operations will continue until the people finds peace,” he said.

According to the president, Turkey finds itself in a situation to fight “collectively against terrorism backed by the West” since the terrorist organizations recognized by Turkey such as PKK, DHKP-C, HPG, PYD and DAESH do not operate on their own.

Erdogan stated that Turkey does not categorize militant groups and is “against all terrorist groups regardless of their orientation,” while criticizing the Western over siding with certain terrorist groups.

When asked about the escalation of raids against suspected DAESH cells, Erdogan responded “the enemy looks after a moment of weakness to carry out such attacks. We cannot give them that chance.”

‘PYD active terrorist organization since day one’

Commenting on recent controversies in the foreign policy with Russia and the US over PYD’s seizing ‘cantons’ in northern Syria, Erdogan said “We are determined to stay the course against anything that may pose a threat to us in or out of the 911 kilometers long border with Syria.”

Turkey considers PYD to be the Syrian extension of the terrorist PKK and sees any PYD-controlled region by its border as a national threat, thinking that PYD is trying to create a “de facto state” in north of Syria on the pretext of fighting DAESH.

Informing that Turkey has been aware PYD consisted PKK terrorists since the day it was established and there are nearly 1,400 PKK terrorists active in its militia, Erdogan said, “As we fight against them, we know they also threaten our borders. So we have to take the necessary measures against them.”

Turkish president warned that “Turkey does not need approval from anyone” to respond to the threats of PYD as it was confirmed on Oct. 27 by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that Turkish Army had struck on positions of PYD’s YPG militia twice before as it violated Turkey’s red lines in Syria by attempting to cross into west of Euphrates.

PYD proclaimed Afrin, Jazira and Kobane from the west to the east in northern Syria as “cantons” in 2013 following withdrawal of Syrian regime forces, where YPG had taken control in 2012 in the course of the Syrian Civil War.

Turkey aims to keep the expansion of PYD in check and has previously declared that Turkey will consider any incursion to the west of the Euphrates river in northern Syria along the Turkish border by the PYD as a “violation of the red lines.”


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