Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced the continuation of military operations in Syria and Iraq after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
The operations, claimed to target terrorist groups, have raised concerns about their impact on regional stability and civilian safety, amidst discussions of a broader geopolitical strategy and domestic implications.
Details of Recent Operations and Future Plans Revealed
In the first cabinet meeting of the year, President Erdoğan emphasised the outcomes of recent military operations in Syria and Iraq. He reported that 114 targets were hit and 78 individuals were “neutralised” in these operations. Erdoğan also mentioned the National Intelligence Organisation’s (MİT) role in targeting 60 infrastructure and alleged ammunition facilities since 12 January.
During his speech, Erdoğan subtly critiqued those he perceives as attempting to create a ‘terrorist state’ in the region. This remark aligns with discussions in pro-government media, suggesting US unease with Turkey’s military actions.
The President highlighted the strategic importance of Turkey’s cross-border military activities. He suggested that these operations are crucial for Turkey’s national security and the safety of its citizens. Erdoğan also asserted that these operations have been effective in preventing the creation of a terrorism corridor and in protecting Turkey from potential internal instability due to irregular migration.