World Bulletin / News Desk
Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel has stated that the military is capable of completely destroying Kandil, the Kurdistan Workers' Party's (PKK) hideout and base camp in northern Iraq, on three conditions, the Radikal daily reported on Thursday.
Özel met with Grand Unity Party (BBP) leader Mustafa Destici a day before the Dağlıca attack, in which eight soldiers were killed and 16 wounded in a deadly attack staged by the PKK. During the meeting Özel reportedly told Destici that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) could enter Kandil on three conditions: approval by the Turkish government, the US's approval and a public ready to accept a high number of losses.
Furthermore, Özel claimed that there was more to the Uludere incident, in which 34 civilians were killed in Şırnak's Uludere district by military jets last year, than what the media has portrayed. He asserted that armed PKK members were among the 34 people who were killed in the air strike. “It'll all be clear very soon,” Özel added.
Moreover, Özel, who opposes the General Staff's subordination to the Defense Ministry, stated that the government should look back to years between 1949 and 1960, when the General Staff was part of the Defense Ministry, for reasons why the two should be kept separate.
Erdogan said the sight of American flags in the convoy alongside YPG insignia had "seriously saddened" Turkey.
Massive landslide due to heavy rain in Osh, Kyrgyzstan results in loss of 24 lives
Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will bring up issue of US support for terrorist PYD/YPD when visiting Donald Trump next month
In his May 1 message, Turkey's president also warns against any provocations during celebrations of the holiday
Also 3,974 public employees dismissed over suspected FETO-links, according to a notice in the Official Gazette
Turkey's president expected to meet his counterpart Mukherjee, Deputy President Ansari, PM Modi during his two-day visit
Patrols aim to 'discourage escalation', US Central Command says
Turkish president says country's ongoing anti-terror fight against PKK, FETO and ISIL is a battle for survival
More than 71,000 officers from police, gendarmerie and coast guard involved in massive late night public security operation
Opinion piece penned by presidential aide in UK newspaper says Yes vote ended era of weak coalition governments
Turkey's Justice and Development Party will hold meeting to renew president's membership
Turkish president calls for 'common sense' in Macedonia
Neither European Court of Human Rights nor Constitutional Court can change decision of the people, says Yildirim