Turkey's deputy premier said on Saturday that the operations waged by Turkish armed forces to the north of Iraq would continue if needed.
Attending a ceremony in capital Ankara, Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek replied to a question on whether Turkey's operations to the north of Iraq would be intensified due to escalating acts of terror.
Recalling the 2007-dated motion adopted by the Turkish parliament authorizing the government to order the military forces to wage cross-border operations to hunt down terrorists, Cicek said such motion was still in force, adding that actions would be taken again if there was any necessity.
"With their limits and scope determined by Turkey's General Staff, these operations have continued up until now and our government has always been informed on the developments. If deemed necessary, operations will continue from now on as well," Cicek said.
"Turkey is determined to carry on with its fight against terrorism," the deputy premier also noted.
Turkish General Staff announced Friday that Turkish fighter jets had bombed targets belonging to the terrorist organization in the north of Iraq late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
General Staff said fighter jets had bombed targets on Qandil Mountain and Hakurk region as part of the operation.
AAGüncelleme Tarihi: 03 Temmuz 2010, 15:34