Turkey, Iraq to tar­get sev­eral PKK camps in Sin­jar, Makhmour

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

THE TURK­ISH- Iraqi joint coun­tert­er­ror­ism op­er­a­tion will re­port­edly be launched to ex­ter­mi­nate seven PKK camps in Sin­jar and an­other one near Makhmour.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the HaberTürk daily yes­ter­day, the Turk­ish Armed Forces (TSK) will launch an op­er­a­tion against seven camps in Iraq’s Sin­jar area and a camp 6 kilo­me­ters away from the PKK’s Makhmour camp, which is one of the most im­por­tant lo­gis­tic cen­ters of the ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion. Thus, it was pointed out in the re­port that this op­er­a­tion will seek to ef­face all the PKK’s lo­gis­ti­cal pas­sages.

The re­cent diplo­matic traf­fic be­tween Ankara and Bagh­dad re­port­edly in­di­cates that a com­mon in­tel­li­gence pool has been es­tab­lished and in­for­ma­tion flow on the mo­bil­ity of the re­gion has been shared in this pool. The nec­es­sary in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion is be­ing up­dated ev­ery day about the Sin­jar Moun­tains and its foothills on the Syria-Iraq bor­der­line where 12 PKK camps are lo­cated.

Fur­ther­more, Bagh­dad warned the PKK twice about their with­drawal from the Sin­jar and Makhmour re­gions and warn­ings will con­tinue un­til May, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. It is also stated that a del­e­ga­tion from Bagh­dad will go to Sin­jar next week and warn the PKK once more about the with­drawal.

In re­spect to the is­sue, Prime Min­is­ter Bi­nali Yıldırım an­nounced the pos- sible co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Iraq and Turkey last week. “The op­er­a­tions are car­ried out when­ever they are needed in North Iraq. In the near fu­ture, we will have co­op­er­a­tion on the de­struc­tion of the PKK with Iraq. We are in con­tact with Iraq about the PKK op­er­a­tions,” he said.

For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has also said that af­ter the elec­tions are held in Iraq and Op­er­a­tion Olive Branch is com­pleted, a joint op­er­a­tion might be launched. “Both Syria and Iraq need to be cleared of all ter­ror­ist groups. Oth­er­wise, the po­lit­i­cal steps that will be taken re­gard­ing a po­lit­i­cal solution would fail,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Un­der­lin­ing that Iraq has achieved es- sen­tial achieve­ments against Daesh with in­ter­na­tional sup­port, Çavuşoğlu said, “How­ever, dur­ing this pe­riod the PKK in­fil­trated into cities from Qandil and other moun­tains.” He added that both the Iraqi cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) would not feel se­cure be­cause of the ex­is­tence of ter­ror­ist groups within Iraq.

In mid-2014, the PKK man­aged to es­tab­lish a foothold in Sin­jar on the pre­text that it was “pro­tect­ing” the lo­cal Yazidi com­mu­nity from Daesh. Last week, the Mo­sul lo­cal coun­cil gave the PKK ter­ror­ists a 10-day ul­ti­ma­tum to leave north­ern Iraq’s Sin­jar dis­trict, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil chair­man.

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