Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party deputy chairman Idris Baluken criticised Turkish government’s air strike operation against ISIS saying that he is questioning sincerity regarding Turkey’s stance to the militant group.
“This operation was launched in order to avoid the pressure on Turkish government regarding the widespread perception about Turkey’s links with ISIS. Also, I see this operation as an excuse to prevent Kurdish gains in Rojava and to revive the arguments on safe zone through Syrian border,” Baluken stated.
Saying that the government should take necessary measures to prevent attacks, he blamed the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government for allegedly not carrying out an effective work and measures.
“If the AK party is sincere, first of all it should conduct operation against sleeper cells of ISIS which make massacres and ready to make more massacres anytime within the country,” he said.
Thousands of Turkish Counter-Terrorism teams launched an air-supported anti-terror operation on Friday morning based in Istanbul and included 15 other Turkish provinces, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reported.
Speaking after his visit to Chief Justice Zerrin Gungor, PM Davutoglu said that 297 suspected militants were detained during joint operations in 16 different Turkish provinces by security forces.
“Operations against suspected militants of Daesh [ISIS], PKK and DHKP-C will continue,” Davutoglu added.
Baluken pointed out the timing of the air strikes and claimed that the real target is People’s Protection Units (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is considered by Turkey as the Syrian affiliate of the outlawed PKK.
“The timing of the operation is very meaningful. The AK Party tries to seem as if it is struggling against ISIS for getting rid of the pressure over its relations with ISIS,” he claimed.
The raid come after a Turkish non-commissioned officer was killed and two sergeants were wounded by gunfire from Syria in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis on July 23.
The gunfire was opened from a region controlled by ISIS into Turkey’s 5th Armoured Brigade Command, located around the Dag and Cobanbey border posts in the Elbeyli district of Kilis.
Three days before that, a huge explosion killed 32 people and injured hundreds of others in the garden of the Amara Culture Center located in Turkey’s border town Suruc on July 20, where members of the pro-Kurdish Federation of Socialist Youth Associations (SGDF) gathered for a press meeting before planning to cross into Syria to help the people of Kobani.
The suspected bomber was determined to have been linked with ISIS.