Turkish PM Davutoglu visits ISIS-hit military border post

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu visits military border post where one non-commissioned officer was killed by ISIS in Turkey’s southeast province of Kilis

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Updated Aug 9, 2015

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday visited a military border post attacked by ISIS militants who killed a non-commissioned officer, Yalcin Nane, in Turkey’s southeast province of Kilis.

Top officials of Turkey's government and military including Turkish Chief of the General Staff Necdet Ozel and Commander of Land Forces, Hulusi Akar accompanied PM Davutoglu during his visit to the 5th Armored Brigade Command, located around the Dag and Cobanbey border posts in the Elbeyli district of Kilis.

On, July 23, a Turkish non-commissioned officer, Yalcin Nane was killed and two sergeants were wounded by gunfire carried out by ISIS militants in Turkey’s southern border town of Kilis.

Following the incident, Turkish government launched an air strike operation hitting ISIS targets in northern Syria. The operations then expanded to northern Iraq targeting PKK camps.

Within the scope of his visit to the post, Davutoğlu had lunch with the soldiers at the border post and talked to locals.

After his visit, PM Davutoglu left Kilis to offer his condolences to the fallen soldier's wife and family who live in Turkey’s Gaziantep.

Heavy security measures were in place during Davutoglu's visit to the province.

After his visit to Nane's family, Davutoglu went to the southeastern province of Sanliurfa to offer condolences to the family of the two policemen, Feyyaz Yumusak and Okan Acar, who were killed by PKK on July 22.

During his visits, Davutoglu was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd. The Prime Minister also gave a short speech to the locals of Sanliurfa.

Davutoglu said “Whoever disrupts the public order will be punished. The ones who killed our soldiers will pay for what they did. We see no difference between ISIS and PKK.”

Both ISIS and PKK are listed as terrorist organisations by Turkey as well as the US and the EU.

Turkey has been dealing with increased violence after a suicide attack on July 20 allegedly carried out by ISIS which killed 32 people in the Suruc district of the southeastern Sanliurfa province.

Since the Suruc suicide attack, at least 25 Turkish security officials and 5 civilians have been killed in terror attacks, mostly carried out by the outlawed PKK.



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