urkey and Iran will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish rebels, Ankara’s interior minister has said, without specifying when or where the proposed offensive would take place.
Turkey has battled the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) for decades, while Iranian security forces have fought its affiliate, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK). Turkey and many of its Western allies have listed the PKK as a “terrorist” group. Both groups have bases in neighbouring Iraq.
“God willing, we will carry out a joint operation against the PKK together with Iran,” Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu agency on Wednesday.
Soylu did not state which PKK bases the planned operation would target.
Dubai News did not receive a response to Soylu’s comments from the Iranian authorities.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan previously said a joint Turkish-Iranian operation against Kurdish fighters was “always on the agenda”, and that the proposed offensive would target the fighters’ hideouts in Iraq.
In 2017, Erdogan said the two countries’ military chiefs discussed how to work against the Kurdish fighters, but Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps denied that at the time.