Two soldiers were martyred in an attack by the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) terrorist organization in Turkey's southeastern Hakkari province on Monday.
An improvised explosive device was detonated by PKK terrorists as an army truck drove past it near the Iraqi border.
An operation to neutralize the terrorists has been initiated.
More than 1,200 people, including security personnel and civilians, have lost their lives since the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its decades-long armed campaign in July 2015.
Turkey condemns PKK protests in Europe
Turkey has condemned "provocative demonstrations" organized by PKK sympathizers across Europe on Sunday night, which included the occupation of a French news agency."We strongly condemn the fact that a blind eye was turned … to simultaneous and provocative demonstrations held by … members of the terrorist organization PKK yesterday [Oct. 15] evening in various cities of Europe," the country's foreign ministry said on Monday.One group of protestors stormed the headquarters of Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Paris, chanting slogans and carrying banners depicting Abdullah Ocalan, the PKK leader currently in jail in Turkey for terrorist offences.A banner of Ocalan was hung from AFP’s building. Protestors only left after over an hour of chanting and a meeting with the agency’s editors."It is noteworthy that during some of these demonstrations, public buildings were raided by a terrorist organization, listed as such by the European Union," the Turkish ministry statement added. "The fact that this terror organization was allowed to make its propaganda and use its symbols is a clear indication as to how PKK terrorism is gaining strength day by day in Europe."According to the statement, PKK backers were "able to organize these events simultaneously as a result of tolerance shown in Europe".The PKK is classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.Turkey has long complained that despite the PKK’s banned status, European countries allow it to operate with impunity on their soil.For more than 30 years, the PKK has waged a terror campaign against Turkey leading to the deaths of more than 40,000 people -- security forces and civilians alike -- including more than 1,200 since July 2015 alone."On this occasion, we once again remind our counterparts that taking necessary measures against [the] PKK is of vital importance not just for the security of Turkey but for theirs as well," the foreign ministry statement added.Turkey has said the ambassadors of those countries where demonstrations were held would be summoned to the foreign ministry "to express our reaction in view of these events".
Turkey ready to cooperate with Iraq against PKK: foreign ministry
Turkey is ready to fully cooperate with the Baghdad government to end the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization in Iraq, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.It added that Turkey will stand by the Iraqi government to provide peace and stability in the country.The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.Turkish Armed Forces to establish two air bases in IdlibPKK presence in Iraq's Kirkuk leaves Turkmens anxiousTurkish jets hit PKK terror group in northern Iraq
Turkish jets hit PKK terror group in northern Iraq
Turkish jets have destroyed ammunition depots and weapon emplacement of the PKK terrorist group in northern Iraq, the military announced on Monday.According to Turkish General Staff, the airstrikes targeted PKK camps in Zap region when terrorists were preparing for an attack. Airstrikes on PKK targets in southeast Turkey and northern Iraq, where the terror group has its main base in the Qandil region near the Iranian border, have been carried out regularly since July 2015, when the PKK resumed its armed campaign.The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of more than 1,200 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including a number of women and children.