Turkey, home to the largest Kurdish population in the region and fighting a Kurdish insurgency on its soil, has warned that any break-up of neighbouring Iraq or Syria could lead to a global conflict.
Erbil must immediately refrain from this terrible mistake which will trigger new crises in the region,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter.
Turkish troops dug in on the southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons towards Kurdish-run northern Iraq.
In Turkey, around 100 military vehicles, mostly tanks, took part in the drill near the Habur border gate, a crossing point into Iraq, the private Dogan news agency said. Vehicles carrying missiles and howitzers also participated.
Turkey, which says the killings of Christian Armenians during the First World War do not amount to genocide, already recalled its ambassador to Germany after parliament passed the resolution last year.
With the largest Kurdish population in the region, Turkey also fears that a “Yes” vote would fuel separatism in its southeast, where militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have waged an insurgency for three decades.
With the largest Kurdish population in the region, Turkey also fears that a “Yes” vote would fuel separatism in its southeast, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have waged an insurgency for three decades.
Turkey released French journalist Loup Bureau who was seized by Turkish border guards on the Iraqi border last month, Bureau was found to have photographs and interviews with Kurdish militia fighters among his possessions.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed Western concerns over its deal to procure an S-400 air missile defence system from Russia saying the country will continue to take its own security measures.
Turkey -which has a large Kurdih population and is battling Kurdish rebels -has close ties with Iraq’s autonomous region but is strongly opposed to an independent Kurdish state.
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organisation by the United States, Turkey and the European Union, has waged a more than three-decade insurgency against the state.
The advice falls short of a formal travel warning, issued for war-afflicted countries like Afghanistan, Iraq or Yemen, which would make obtaining travel insurance harder.
Ibrahim Kalin, a top Turkish official criticized comments on Turkey by both the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz. He tweeted that attacking Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a diversion from more urgent problems, such as a surge in discrimination.
Angela Merkel argued that the cease of the accession talks with Turkey can only be decided in the concert of the EU states. “Such a step must be well considered,” said the German chancellor.
Turkey blast: Photographs he posted on social media showed its windows blown out and its windscreen shattered. The force of the blast appeared to have blown out some of the bus’s panels, and the nearby street was littered with debris.