Turkey Continues Fight Against IS, PKK With New Series of Airstrikes, Raids

World | July 25, 2015, Saturday // 10:49|  views

(150725) -- ANKARA, July 25, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) hosts an urgent security meeting in Ankara, Turkey, July 25, 2015.

Turkish fighter jets carried out new series of airstrikes on targets of Islamic State (IS) in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq late on Friday and early on Saturday.

This was announced by the Office of the Turkish Prime Minister on Saturday, Anadolu Agency informs.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a late-hour high-level meeting on the campaign against the terrorist groups, which was attended by ministers and security chiefs.

The statement revealed that the airstrikes targeted PKK camps, shelters, caves and logistic points situated in the mountainous region of northern Iraq.

At the same time, Turkish land forces attacked IS and PKK targets with artillery deployed near the Turkish border.

The massive police raids against alleged IS and PKK militants, which began on Friday, continued early on Saturday.

In the past two days, Turkish security forces have conducted raids in 22 provinces, detaining a total of 320 suspected terrorists.

The statement expressed the determination of Turkey to “take every step to ensure the peace and security” of its people.

Turkey is in contact with its international allies, including NATO and the United Nations (UN) and is providing information on the military operations.

On Friday, three Turkish F-16 fighter jets conducted airstrikes on three IS targets in Syria without violating Syrian airspace.

Turkey stepped up fight against IS, PKK and other terrorist groups after a suicide attack in the southeastern town of Suruc claimed the lives of 32 people and left hundreds injured on Monday.

This was followed by a surge in attacks against Turkish security officials, which led to the death of two policemen on Wednesday and that of a military officer on Thursday.

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