Turkey to Continue Anti-Terrorist Operations as Long as Threats Exist - PM
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Saturday that the anti-terrorist operations, which the country has launched since Friday, are not over.
Davutoglu added that the operations are to last as long as the threats against Turkey continue to exist, Anadolu Agency reports.
The Turkish PM said this at a press conference in Ankara before leaving for Istanbul, where he is to meet Turkish President Recep Erdogan and the head of the army.
Davutoglu assured that those threatening Turkey will face the response, revealing that a third wave of airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq has been approved.
Parallel to the airstrikes, Turkish land forces also attacked IS and PKK targets with artillery deployed near the country's border.
Three Turkish F-16 fighter jets conducted the first airstrikes on IS targets in Syria on Friday, followed by a new series of bombings late on Friday and early on Saturday, which included also attacks on PKK in Iraq.
Turkey has stepped up fight against IS, PKK and other terrorist organisations after a suicide attack in the southeastern town of Suruc on Monday claimed the lives of 32 people and left hundreds wounded.
This was followed by a surge in attacks against Turkish security officials, which led to the death of two policemen on Wednesday and a military officer on Thursday.
At the same time, Turkish police is carrying out massive raids against alleged IS and PKK militants all over the country.
A total of 590 suspects, including at least 37 foreigners have been detained in the raids, with 302 people arrested on Friday and another 288 on Saturday.
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