Defense Minister Hulusi Akar highlighted the importance of Turkey’s latest counter-terrorism operation, saying it is the key link in the chain of operations against the PKK terrorist group.
Akar made the remarks during a reception at the 4th Efficiency and Technology Fair organized by Ankara University of Sciences in Turkey at the ATO Congress in the capital Ankara.
In his speech at the event, Akar said it was a source of pride and honor for them to dedicate the reception to the soldiers who participated in Operation Claw-Lock.
Stressing that the operations are continuing with an offensive approach for the security of the country and the nation, he said that they also contribute to the peace of the world and the region as much as they can.
“Operation Claw-Lock is the key link in the chain of operations that we have carried out so far. The soldiers of the Turkish army will achieve this, as they have done for the other operations, will shoot terrorists in their lairs, will destroy their lairs on their heads, and this struggle will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized,” he said.
Turkish authorities use the term “neutralized” in their statements to imply that the terrorists in question surrendered or were killed or captured.
Akar said the Turkish soldiers continued their operations with increasing vigor, without losing focus, sensitivity or composure.
“There is no difference between the YPG in northern Syria and the PKK in northern Iraq. All intelligence reports, open sources and practical applications clearly show that they are part of a terrorist organization No one should doubt that.
“By continuing our operations in this way (…) the security of our borders, citizens and security forces will be fully ensured. Our work and our efforts are in this order,” he added.
Emphasizing that the Turkish soldiers continue their operations with respect for human rights, the environment and religious structures, Akar stressed that innocent people, the environment and historical and religious structures are inviolable for the Armed Forces. Turkish (TSK).
Launched in April, the new operation, dubbed “Operation Claw-Lock”, targets terrorists in the regions of Metina, Zap and Avashin-Basyan.
The group maintains bases in northern Iraq and has used the territory for attacks against Turkey. Turkey has conducted numerous cross-border air and ground operations against the PKK over the past decades.
The new operation follows the Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle operations launched by the Turkish military in northern Iraq in 2020. The Claw-Tiger and Claw-Eagle operations began in the northern border regions of Iraq. Iraq in 2020 to ensure the security of the Turkish people and borders.
The PKK terrorist group often hides in northern Iraq, just across the southern border from Turkey, to plan terrorist attacks in Turkey. The Turkish army regularly conducts cross-border operations in northern Iraq.
Turkey has long stressed that it will not tolerate terrorist threats against its national security and has called on Iraqi officials to take the necessary steps to eliminate the terrorist group. Ankara has previously noted that if expected steps are not taken, it would not hesitate to target terrorist threats.
Relations with Greece, defense industry
Discussing the bilateral relations between Turkey and Greece, Akar said: “We expect Greece to see the events holistically and take the right and logical decisions.”
“It is really nothing less than a failure for such a debt-ridden country to get caught up in the so-called arms love or to run for new alliances when there is an alliance within the NATO,” he said.
He noted that domestic and domestic production, which has reached 80 percent in the defense industry, has reached a point where it will meet the basic needs of TSK and also expressed his awareness of the difficulties in the way ahead.
Describing Turkey’s moves in the defense industry as “genius has come out of the bottle”, Akar added: “Our businessmen and universities have no problem in terms of producing information , technology conversion and projection in the defense industry. .”
He did not stay mentally and psychologically. Those psychological barriers have been broken down.”
During its more than 40-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.