Turkey is determined to secure its borders against terrorist attacks, President Erdoğan stated, amid increased aerial military operations into the PKK/YPG targets in northern Iraq and northern Syria.
“Hopefully, with these operations, step by step, we are determined to make every inch of our country safe, starting from beyond the border,” Erdoğan said at a rally he held in the Central Anatolian town of Konya over the weekend.
Erdoğan referred to ongoing Claw-Lock and Claw-Sword operations against terrorists. Three soldiers were martyred over the weekend in clashes. “We remember with grace all our heroes who have sacrificed their lives for our nation and state’s stability as well as for us to have a peaceful and strong future,” he stated.
Erdoğan attended the opening ceremony of ASELSAN Konya Weapon Systems Factory, Metropolitan Municipality investments, Afşar Dam and other recently-built facilities.
His remarks came after the Turkish Air Forces launched a massive aerial operation against the presence of PKK/YPG in northern Iraq and Syria in reaction to a deadly bomb attack by terrorists in Istanbul in mid-November. The terrorists also hit residential areas in the bordering town of Kilis and Gaziantep with missiles, killing civilians.