President Erdoğan vows to eliminate terror groups

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visits Gaziantep for a 'Unity, Solidarity, and Brotherhood Rally' held at the newly renamed July 15 Democracy Square.

Photo by: Reuters
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan greets people at the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August 28, 2016.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Sunday that Ankara’s fight against terrorist organisations would continue until they are wiped out.

Addressing a ‘unity, solidarity and brotherhood’ rally at Gaziantep’s newly renamed July 15 Democracy Square, Erdoğan said that Turkey’s efforts to eliminate terror groups such as PKK, DAESH and FETO would be unrelenting.


Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan greets people at the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August 28, 2016.

His visit to southeastern city of Gaziantep came a week after 54 people were killed in a suicide blast, believed to be carried out by DAESH, at a wedding ceremony.

"Our operations against terrorist organisations will continue until the end," he told a rally of thousands of flag-waving supporters.


People wave national flags as they wait for Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan arrival to the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August 28, 2016.

Erdoğan said Turkey’s operation in DAESH-controlled areas in Syria has given people a chance to return home including the town of Jarablus, which was liberated by the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army this week.

“Turkey will not tolerate activities of any terrorist organisation within its borders and nearby,” Erdoğan said.


People wave national flags as they wait for Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan arrival to the United Solidarity and Brotherhood rally in Gaziantep, Turkey, August 28, 2016.

Referring to the Turkish-backed operation in Syria as well as the Turkish military’s training mission in northern Iraq, he added: “We are in Jarabulus for this. We are in Bashiqa for this. If necessary, we will not hesitate to take responsibility in other regions.”

He pledged that Turkey would show the same determination in eradicating the PKK/PYD as in fighting DAESH.

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