Turkey is discussing cooperation in the fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Tuesday.
Suleyman Soylu, the head of the Interior Ministry of Turkey, stated yesterday that many areas in the Hakurk area in the northern part of Iraq came under the control of the Turkish armed forces.
According to Soylu, the Turkish forces advanced 26-27 km deep into Iraqi territory, with their ultimate goal being the Qandil Mountains, where the PKK camps are located.
“There will be quadrilateral cooperation between Turkey, the United States, Baghdad and Erbil, since the PKK is also the enemy of Erbil … We are determined to clear our borders from the PKK. Iraq’s support is key, because it is Iraqi land,” he continued.
“The PKK left Sinjar, but still has a significant presence in the mountains of Qandil and outside of this region. We will clear all these areas,” Cavusoglu stated at a press conference in Antalya.
According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, the operation against the PKK in Northern Iraq requires an exchange of intelligence between Ankara, Washington, Baghdad and Erbil, and “the necessary work is being done for this purpose.”