ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and Iraq’s central authorities in Baghdad will perform a joint operation towards Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Turkey’s International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Thursday.
Cavusoglu’s feedback got here as Turkey pushed forward with a cross-border navy operation towards the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria’s Afrin area.
Chatting with reporters on his flight from Germany to Austria, Cavusoglu mentioned the Afrin operation, launched on Jan. 20, might be accomplished by Might, in keeping with broadcaster CNN Turk.
Cavusoglu was quoted as saying the joint cross-border operation with Iraq might begin after Iraq holds parliamentary elections scheduled for Might 2018, signaling Turkish troops might transfer to northern Iraq following the continuing offensive.
The Kurdistan Employees Celebration (PKK), which has waged an insurgency in Turkey’s primarily Kurdish southeast because the 1980s, has camps within the Qandil mountains of northern Iraq, from which it ceaselessly carries out assaults into Turkey.
The PKK is seen as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and the European Union. Ankara considers the YPG to be a Syrian extension of the PKK.
(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Enhancing by Daren Butler)