By Middle East Affairs
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that Turkish forces are waiting for the right time to attack top-ranking officials in the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK ) that are believed to be stationed in Iraq’s Qandil region.
Fighters belonging to the group frequently attack Turkey from the remote region surrounded by the Quandil mountains.
In a televised interview on Anadolu state news, Soylu said “Qandil is not a distant target for us anymore. Right now, a lot of positions have been seized there (by Turkish forces), especially in the northern Iraq region.”
This is not the first time that Turkey has carried out air strikes against the PKK, which it views as a terrorist organization. Turkey orchestrated many violent attacks on Kurdish forces in the 1990s and 2000s.
Soylu said, “Qandil will be made into a safe place for Turkey, no one should doubt that.”
After years of Turkish forces annihilating Kurdish villages and imprisoning Kurds, as well as outlawing and criminalizing the Kurdish language, as well as Kurdish name, the PKK insurgency took action in the 1980s, with heavy blasts of insurgencies. Since then more than 40,000 people have been killed in clashes, mainly around Turkey’s southeast in cities like Diyarbakir.