Çavuşoğlu: Cross-border operation can be done after Iraqi elections

14 Mart 2018

According to last minute news, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, “The Afrin campaign will end until May. A cross-border operation will be launched against the PKK in Iraq, we will do it together with the Iraqi government. Although the Afrin operation is not finished, we have the capacity to operate both operations at the same time”. It was determined that the former PYD President Salih Muslim went to Sweden’s capital, Stockholm from Germany one day before Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu went to Germany. Turkey has conveyed a request for provisional arrest with a memorandum to Sweden.

Minister Çavuşoğlu said that the Olive Branch operation launched against terrorist groups near the Syrian border could be over by the end of May.


Doğan TV Ankara Representative in Vienna Hakan Çelik delivered last minute developments with the following words:

“Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that there will be an operation in Iraq. A cross-border operation will be launched after the elections in Iraq which will be carried out with the central government of Baghdad. There is a consensus on this issue. The PKK will be purged from the mountains like they have been purged from Turkey. State units have assessed that the PKK terrorist organization has infiltrated into Suleymaniye and Kirkuk. The operation will be carried out with the Ibadi administration if it remains in place after the elections, if not then the operation will continue with the central government. However, Turkey estimates that the Ibadi administration will continue after the Iraqi elections.


The Iraqi government also wants to clear the country from all terrorists. There is such a will. Canton-like formations have started to develop in Iraq. This is a threat to the IKBY at least as much as to Baghdad.
The Iraqi elections will be held in May and Turkey has the military capacity to engage in both Syria and Iraq if necessary. That is the Minister’s assessment. This assessment is made based on the timing of the Iraqi elections and that  Turkey’s ongoing olive branch operations in Syria in terms of Afrin could be completed until May.

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