Turkey to Strengthen Permanent Bases in Northern Iraq
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced plans to reinforce Turkey’s permanent bases in northern Iraq following the recent killing of 12 Turkish soldiers in the region. The soldiers were killed in clashes with PKK militants, prompting Turkey to take action to prevent further attacks. Erdogan stated that Turkey has been constructing roads and establishing permanent bases in northern Iraq to combat terrorism. He also mentioned that by the spring, the infrastructure of the new bases will be completed, making it difficult for terrorists to operate in the region.
Turkish forces have been conducting regular strikes in northern Iraq as part of their offensive against the PKK. The PKK, designated as a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union, has been engaged in armed conflict with the Turkish state since 1984. Turkey’s operations in northern Iraq reflect their commitment to neutralizing terrorist threats at their source.