Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan was a guest on a show broadcasted simultaneously on atv and aHaber in which he answered questions from a panel of journalists including Sabah Chief Editor Erdal Şafak. During the broadcast, Erdoğan shared a number of striking responses in his commentary on the recent terrorist attack in Hakkari which resulted in the deaths of six soldiers and two village guards. "It is obvious where the PKK is receiving its support," is just one of the many messages the Prime Minister relayed on the terrorism situation in Turkey.
NATIONS THAT SUPPORT TERRORISM
"First of all I want to offer my condolences to the nation. The loss of six soldiers and two village guards in combat that began Saturday night at 22:30 has deeply saddened us."When reminded of a comment he had made earlier in the day in which he stated, "Turkey is powerful enough to bring into line enemy-countries who hold onto the strings of the terror organization," Erdoğan stated, "It may be problematic to name a nation, however it is well-known who is supporting the terrorist organization. Some are even our neighbors. There are also some in the West that support them. They either offer support to the camps in the mountains or their political offshoots."
"They also have supporters in the media, both nationally and abroad. What the separatist terrorist organization wants most importantly anyway is for their propaganda to be made."
THE OPPOSITION HAS NO PROPOSAL
"The main opposition leader says, "We will solve the Kurdish problem". Fine, but how? What do you propose? Out of the ten items they listed all but one were simply findings. Yet, there have been no actual suggestions."
THE ŞEMDİNLİ INCIDENT
"There has been a stretch of time (in which security forces have increased efforts to battle the PKK) that started in Şemdinli on July 23rd. As I mentioned before, the media has practically waged a psychological war in Şemdinli. This is a very ugly move. This also affects the morale of our armed forces. However, our security forces continue to fight from land and air. We are now staging Special Forces joint operations with police. This is something that has never happened up until now. We are extremely proud of this situation. As for intelligence information received, as of July 23rd, we have lost two soldiers while 115 terrorists have been killed."
WOULD TAF HIDE THEIR LOSSES?
"Certain media organizations ascertain that the Turkish Armed Forces, or TAF, are concealing the exact numbers of soldiers killed in the struggle against terrorism. This is hilarious. Would the Turkish Armed Forces ever go and hide the number of soldiers lost? Would they ever refrain from announcing the number of helicopters lost? The opposite side is staging a psychological operation and unfortunately the media is falling into this trap. Sometimes I think whose media is this? There is nowhere that is outside of our control. Security forces will continue their struggle at any time and in any place they want."
THANKS TO MHP
"I want to extend my gratitude to the MHP. The party chairman recently announced that they stand by the government in the fight against terrorism. This is what we are expecting. It's now time to take action. Our entire security forces will continue this struggle until the end. That is until they drop their weapons."BASHAR ASSAD SUPPORTS THE PKK
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