Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Monday said that Turkey would do what is necessary to protect its national security.
“We will reciprocate accordingly if our national security is threatened, against any internal or external initiations, be it from Syria or Iraq. This must be clearly understood," Yıldırım said.
"We will not allow our southern border to be threatened. Turkey is determined on this issue, and the necessary warnings have been made. We will not hesitate to take the necessary precautions,” he added.
The premier also commented on the July 15 coup attempt.
“On July 15, Turkey showed that it was tired of tutelage and terrorist attacks. Our nation will be a exemplary country on the 100th anniversary of our republic,” he added.
A total of 249 people were martyred and more than 2,100 injured in the coup attempt perpetrated by FETÖ. The failed coup was organized by followers of U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, who has pursued a long-running campaign to overthrow the government through supporters within the Turkish state, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
Turkish army conducts military drill at Iraqi border
Turkish armed forces started a military drill at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week ahead of a Kurdish referendum in northern Iraq which Turkey has asked to be called off.On Saturday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the planned Sept. 25 referendum was as an issue of national security, and warned that Turkey would take any necessary steps in response.Video: Turkish army conducts military drill at Iraqi borderTurkey, the United States and other Western powers have advised authorities in the semi-autonomous region to cancel the vote, worrying that it would create tensions that would distract from the war on Daesh in Iraq and Syria.President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sunday that he will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi this week to discuss their concerns about the referendum.In a statement, the military said its operations targeting militant groups in the Iraq border region would continue at the same time as the drill.Turkey's Erdoğan to discuss northern Iraq vote with Iraqi PMIraq's top security body rejects Kurdish referendumIraqi VP warns against 'second Israel' in northern IraqKurdish referendum a 'national security matter' says PMIraqi MPs demand dissolution of Kirkuk province council
Azerbaijan, Turkey start joint military exercises
The air forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey began on Monday to perform joint military exercises, Azeri Defense Ministry said.Called TurAz Qartali 2017 (TurAz Eagle 2017), the joint flight and tactical exercises will last until Sept. 30, a statement said.Up to 30 aircraft including MiG-29, F-16, Su-25, C-130 Hercules, and CASA CN-235 aircraft, as well as Mi-35, Mi-17 and Sikorsky S-70 helicopters will take part in the drill.Azerbaijan's Defense Minister Col. Gen. Zakir Hasanov said the exercise played an "important" role in the exchange of experience between the armed forces of the two countries, according to the statement.
Turkish warplanes ready to strike terrorist organizations
Warplanes positioned at the Diyarbakır 8th Main Jet Base in Turkey’s southeast are on alert to prevent terror organizations making winter preparations in the north of Iraq and Syria.The Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor the activity of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) and Daesh terrorist organizations in the north of Iraq and Syria, said an official. Warplanes are ready to take action if the terrorist organizations make a move toward Turkey’s border, the source added.In this way, terror organizations that are conducting winter preparations will not be able to permeate the Turkish border.Forty-six PKK terrorists neutralized in one weekThe 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.All leave requests at the Diyarbakır 8th Main Jet Base have been cancelled due to the military alert. The warplanes are on guard all hours of the day.Turkish airstrikes kill 4 PKK terrorists in N Iraq11 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey operations
Forty-six PKK terrorists neutralized in one week
The Ministry of Interior Affairs stated that 1,126 operations were conducted by the Gendarmerie Special Operation Forces (JÖH), Police Special Operation Forces (PÖH), Gendarmerie Command Units and Internal Security forces targeting terrorists.As a result of these operations, a total of 4,442 people were taken into custody; 963 (103 Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), 32 Daesh, 774 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) /Democratic Union Party and 54 extreme left terrorists) for aiding, abetting and having connections to terrorist organizations; 2,991 for drug and trafficking crimes and 488 more for public peace and traffic violations.Turkish military instructs FSA to prepare for Idlib security operationTwenty-nine terrorists killedIn operations conducted during the past week, 29 of the 46 terrorists neutralized were killed, 11 surrendered and six more were captured alive.Additionally, 28 shelters and caves used by terrorists in nine cities (eight in Tunceli, eight in Hakkari, five in Şırnak, two in Diyarbakır, one each in Mardin, Iğdır, Sivas, Siirt, Bingöl) were destroyed.Also, security personnel captured 134 hand grenades, 191 kilograms (421 pounds) of bomb-making material and 34 heavy weapons.Separately, a soldier was martyred during an operation against the PKK terrorist group in southeastern Mardin province on Monday, according to a military source.Turkish army conducts military drill at Iraqi border11 PKK terrorists killed in southeast Turkey operationsTurkey amasses tanks along Syria border