‘NATO allies stand in solidarity with Turkey’
Should read ‘useful idiots fall for anything’
An emergency meeting of NATO is being held in Brussels at the request of Turkey on Tuesday.
Ambassadors of all 28 NATO allies are gathering amid police operations against terrorist organizations in the country.
Turkey has also started operations against ISIL and the PKK in northern Syria and Iraq.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in his opening remarks ahead of the meeting, expressed his solidarity with Turkey: “Our condolences go to the Turkish government and the families of the victims touched by these terrible acts of terror,” —World Bulletin / News Desk
‘We target only those who target Turkey’
Turkish PM warns against the misconception that since Turkey is going through a transitional period, its security forces are incapable of taking measures
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said the ongoing counter-terrorism operations are against those who target Turkey.
“We target those who target Turkey, not those who do not,” Davutoglu said in a live interview with the private A Haber and ATV television channels on Monday.–World Bulletin / News Desk
His remarks came amid Turkish security forces’ nationwide “anti-terrorist operations” after alleged attacks by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – which is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the EU and Turkey – claimed lives of three police officers in Ceylanpinar district of southeastern Sanliurfa and in Diyarbakir province.
On Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday, Turkish fighter jets bombed PKK camps in northern Iraq and ISIL positions in Syria near border with Turkey. Jets also hit PKK targets outside Turkey on Sunday night.
“PKK has committed 281 terrorist acts since June 7 general elections, which corresponds to around six terror actions per day,” he said.
Davutoglu said that some regarded the post-election period as an opportunity to spread terror and chaos “while Turkey was bracing for a new term with a well-presented parliament that has a strong legitimacy and conducting coalition talks”.
He warned against the misconception that since Turkey was going through a transitional period, its security forces were incapable of taking effective measures.
The premier also highlighted the fact that ISIL had an ideological problem with Turkey since it was the only example in the wider Middle East where democracy and Islam co-existed in harmony with all its different ethnicities, sects and religious identities.
“When we look at the world of Islam, there are either totalitarian regimes or chaos, except for a few countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey where people can enjoy democracy, pluralism and economic development together,” he said.
He pointed out Turkey was the key guarantee of regional stability, “so its role as protector of stability poses a threat to ISIL when it tries to create chaos in the region”.
“This success story is the antithesis of ISIL ideology, that’s why it targets Turkey,” he added.
He said that Turkey did not want to see ISIL near its borders. He added that the “moderate opposition” forces must take control of the region that was now under control of ISIL on the border with Turkey.
“The Syrian opposition forces, which have a moderate approach against other groups and are not extremists, must take control of the mentioned region on the border,” he said.
He added: “The most important issue for Turkey is to stop the influx of refugees and if it is possible to create an environment that promotes confidence among the refugees [in Turkey] to go back”.
Davutoglu also pointed out that this would not be possible if only ISIL was destroyed but also the Syrian regime’s persecution must also end.
He said that the U.S. had considered Turkey’s sensitivity on these issues in discussions that led to an agreement between two countries which saw Ankara allowing the U.S.-led international coalition aircraft to use Turkish airbases to strike ISIL.
He also pointed out that there were 50 to 60 foreign suspects out of the total 1,050 detained by security forces across 34 Turkish provinces since the nationwide operations began, adding that more than 10,000 foreigners had their entries banned into Turkey.
Most of the 1,050 suspects allegedly belong to ISIL, PKK and the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), the Turkish Prime Minister’s Office of Public Diplomacy said in an earlier statement Monday.
Davutoglu also said that the anti-terrorism operations against ISIL, PKK and the DHKP-C would continue until concrete results were achieved.
He said that Turkish people and the international community were supporting Turkey in its fight against terrorist organizations. “Therefore, we will continue this struggle until we receive concrete results,” he said.
He said that until now no one had taken a stance against Turkey for its anti-terror operations. “There may be some circles who speak with ambiguity. This happens always,” he said.
“Until now, we have received open condolence, support and cooperation messages from 121 countries and international organizations,” he said.
He also said that the U.S. was among countries that had regularly made it clear that they supported the anti-PKK operation.