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Ankara stands firm against terrorist group PKK’s activities in Sulaymaniyah

Ankara stands firm against terrorist group PKK's activities in Sulaymaniyah Turkish security forces killed four terrorists in northern Iraq and Syria, the National Defense Ministry announced on Sunday. (AA Photo)
By Newsroom
Jun 22, 2024 10:54 AM

Tensions have escalated between Türkiye and the U.S. over recent developments at Sulaymaniyah Airport, identified as a logistical hub for the PKK terrorist organization.

Türkiye has accused the U.S. of supplying arms, including air defense systems, to the PKK’s Syrian offshoot, the YPG. In response, Türkiye has vowed to intervene forcefully to prevent further deliveries to the terrorist group.

Thwarting arms shipment

Türkiye has maintained vigilance over shipments to Sulaymaniyah Airport, particularly those suspected of carrying military supplies for the PKK/YPG. Orders have been issued to intercept and neutralize any such deliveries to thwart terrorist activities.

To counter PKK threats emanating from Sulaymaniyah, Türkiye has extended its ban on flights entering its airspace from the airport for an additional six months. This measure was originally imposed on April 3, 2023, due to heightened security concerns related to PKK operations.

Turkish Airlines suspended flights to Sulaymaniyah in April 2023, citing security risks posed by PKK elements infiltrating the airport. The involvement of Iran, Germany and the United States in supplying equipment and conducting operations near Sulaymaniyah has further complicated the situation.

As Türkiye intensifies military operations against PKK targets both domestically and across borders, the country reaffirms its steadfast commitment to combating terrorism. The ongoing conflict highlights intricate regional security dynamics involving international stakeholders in the Middle East.

Last Updated:  Jun 22, 2024 11:06 AM
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