ERBIL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated on Friday that they need no permission for their military operations targeting the “terrorist camps” in Iraq and Syria.

“I once again declare: there is nothing more important than the survival of our country. We must stop terror organizations that are being fed, trained and armed outside of our borders, at the cost of the life and blood of our soldiers. It’s our right to breathe down the necks of terrorists wherever they are,” Erdogan said, indirectly speaking about the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq and its affiliates in Syria.

He said that Ankara has to fight these groups not only within the Turkish borders, but also in the neighbouring counties. “We do not have to ask permission from anybody,” he added.

“It is our fundamental right to hit the terrorists wherever they are located.”


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