Erdogan says Turkey may conduct operation against PKK in Iraq’s Sinjar

Posted on January 22, 2021 by MESOP –  ISTAMBUL,— Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey may conduct a joint operation with Iraq to clear Kurdish PKK rebels out of Iraq’s Yazidi Sinjar region.

In response to a question regarding a possible joint operation in Sinjar, Erdogan stated that it was possible, but refused to confirm whether such operation would take place in the near future.

Erdogan said “Turkey is always ready to carry out joint operations against the PKK with Iraq but we cannot openly announce the date for such operations,”

“We may come there overnight, all of a sudden,” Erdogan added, using a famous phrase he said before Turkey carried out cross-border operations in northern Syria.

After Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi visits to Ankara in December 2020, Turkey and Iraq have agreed to continue their cooperation in fighting extremist organizations, including Kurdish rebels, Erdogan said.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar visited Iraq and Kurdistan Region earlier this week to hold a series of meetings with top Iraqi and Kurdish officials and said Turkey was ready to provide assistance to the Baghdad and Erbil to rid the region of the PKK’s presence.

Both KDP-dominated Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Turkish government are opposed to the presence of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK in Sinjar.