Counterterrorism no option but must for Turkey: Erdogan

Turkish president says country's ongoing anti-terror fight against PKK, FETO and ISIL is a battle for survival

Counterterrorism no option but must for Turkey: Erdogan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s ongoing fight against terrorist groups is not optional but necessary for the country's safety, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday.

"The fight against terrorist organizations is not an option for us, but a must," Erdogan told the general assembly of the All Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUMSIAD) in Istanbul. “We will not tolerate any terrorist group.”

He said Turkey's ongoing anti-terror war should not be considered a game either. "For Turkey it is a battle for survival," the president said, referring to operations against the terrorist groups the PKK, FETO, and ISIL.

The PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015 and since then has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children.

Turkey accuses Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) of orchestrating the coup attempt of July 2016 which resulted in 249 deaths and thousands of injuries, as well as the bombing of vital government buildings, including the parliament.

FETO is also accused of infiltrating state institutions in a bid to overthrow the Turkish government.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Nisan 2017, 15:53