Continues Operations Against Kurdish Rebels
Novosti) — Turkey’s military will continue cross-border attacks
against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq with no clear date for
the cessation of operations, the country’s prime minister said
can be conducted at any moment, based on intelligence reports
and depending on actions by the terrorist organization [Kurdistan
Workers Party, PKK] in the region," Turkey’s NTV television
channel quoted Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.
He said the
government might seek an extension of its parliamentary mandate
to launch attacks against Kurdish targets in northern Iraq
when the current authorization expires in October.
minister said he was unable to predict with any certainty when
Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish insurgents in north Iraq
hope our fight against terrorism will end quickly, but I can’t
say when it will," Erdogan said. "If it doesn’t end,
we will ask parliament for authorization to be able to continue
shelled Kurdish militant bases in northern Iraq on Friday.
denied however on the same day reports that planes had bombed
a number of areas in northern Iraq, but confirmed that Turkish
warplanes had patrolled border areas.
Turkey’s parliament sanctioned cross-border military operations
against PKK separatists following an earlier government request
and despite opposition from Washington and Baghdad.
Defense Ministry had previously confirmed it had carried out
several "limited operations" against the outlawed
PKK in December.
labeled by the U.S., NATO and the EU as a terrorist organization,
has been fighting for autonomy status in southeast Turkey for
nearly 25 years. The conflict has so far claimed about 40,000