Erdogan: We are moving forward to thwart a 34-year-old plot by securing our border with Iraq

BAGHDAD, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country's forces were conducting military operations in Iraqi territory in order to ensure its security and thwart a 34-year-old plot.

"We reject the scenarios that are being applied in the region, especially Syria and Iraq, and everyone knows what is happening," Erdogan said in a speech on Thursday evening on the occasion of Turkey's Victory Day.

"We are moving forward to thwart a 34-year-old plot by securing our border with Iraq in Qandil," he said.

Erdogan pointed out that this region represents a stronghold of the PKK in Iraq, pointing out that his country is taking "steps to destroy this machine operating for 34 years."

Source: National Iraqi News Agency