Turkey holds emergency meeting in capital Ankara

Emergency meeting is held in Ankara’s Cankaya Palace under leadership of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu over Turkey’s ISIS, PKK operations in Syria and Northern Iraq

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An emergency meeting was held in the early hours of Saturday in the Cankaya Palace located in Turkey’s capital Ankara to discuss about air strike operations against ISIS and the outlawed PKK in Syria and northern Iraq.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu presided over the one and a half hour meeting with the participation of several ministers and senior army officials including Interior Minister Sebahattin Ozturk, deputie PMs Yalcin Akdogan and Bulent Arinc, National Intelligence Organisation chief Hakan Fidan, chief of the air staff Akin Ozturk, commander of the Turkish gendarmerie forces General Abdullah Atay.

A statement released by the prime ministry said that the operation targeted PKK camps, shelters, caves and logistics points located in Zap, Metina, Gara, Avasin-Basyan, Sinath Haftanin, Hakurk and Qandil which are located in the mountainous northern region of Iraq.

It said that land forces simultaneously hit PKK and ISIS targets with artillery deployed near the Turkish border.

The Ministry also noted that they informed their international allies, including NATO and the United Nations, about the military operation.

About 20 Turkish F-16 jets departed from Turkey's 2nd Air Force Command situated at the 8th Main Jet Base located in Diyarbakir to hit positions used by the PKK and ISIS in Northern Iraq and Syria respectively on Friday evening.

In the operation, PKK camps in Zap, Metina, Gara, Avaşin-Basyan, Sinath Haftanin, Hakurk in Northern Iraq were targeted in the airstrikes. The PKK's headquarters located on the Qandil Mountains in Northern Iraq were also targeted in the attacks.

Turkey has stepped up its efforts against ISIS since a suicide attack on Monday allegedly carried out by the group killed 32 people in the southeastern Sanliurfa province.

Two policemen were killed in retaliation on Wednesday. The PKK claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Thursday, gunfire from Syria killed a Turkish military officer and injured two sergeants in the southern Kilis province, prompting Turkish forces to return fire.


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