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The Turkish president presides over a security meeting on Saturday
In a significant security gathering, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan presided over a meeting at the Dolmabahçe Office in Istanbul, bringing together key officials and advisors from various sectors. The meeting aimed to comprehensively evaluate Turkey's counter-terrorism strategies, particularly in light of a recent treacherous terrorist attack in the Operation Claw-Lock Zone in northern Iraq and the nation's ongoing fight against terrorism.
The meeting saw the participation of top-level figures, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan, Minister of Interior Ali Yerlikaya, Minister of National Defence Yaşar Güler, Chief of General Staff General Metin Gürak, Director of Turkish National Intelligence Organization İbrahim Kalın, Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun, and Chief Advisor to the President on Foreign Policy and Security Akif Çağatay Kılıç.
Their collective expertise and insights were brought to bear on the pressing issue of national security.
During the gathering, the attendees delved into the recent terrorist attack in the Operation Claw-Lock Zone and discussed the steps taken and planned to combat terrorism effectively. Turkey reiterated its unwavering commitment to combating the terrorist organization PKK/YPG/KCK and its supporters, as part of a broader strategy to neutralize threats to the nation's security at their source.
Following the treacherous attack, Turkish forces launched operations that resulted in the neutralization of 45 terrorists—36 in northern Iraq and 9 in northern Syria. The country remains resolute in its determination to continue the fight against terrorism until the last terrorist is neutralized, and all terror reservoirs in Iraq and Syria are eradicated.
Despite significant successes in combating terrorism within its borders, Turkey faces challenges from attempts to reinvigorate the terrorist organization, particularly in Syria and Iraq.
Recent attacks targeting Turkish troops operating outside the country are seen as part of broader efforts to strengthen the organization.
Turkey's leaders underscored that they would not tolerate the establishment of a "terrorististan" on their southern borders, emphasizing their commitment to neutralize any terrorist threat, regardless of its origin, in line with their right to self-defense and bilateral agreements.
Those who support and enable Turkey's adversaries and contribute to acts of violence will be held accountable for the consequences. The nation remains steadfast in its resolve to overcome any obstacles preventing the realization of its strategic goals.
By Bruno Finel
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