Daesh, PKK, FETO all trying to hurt Turkey: Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said late Wednesday that the terrorist PKK, Daesh, and FETO are all trying to damage Turkey, even if they are also at odds with each other, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
Speaking at a meeting in Istanbul to honor the victims of last year’s defeated coup attempt, Erdogan said although the PKK, Daesh, and the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) -- the group blamed for the coup bid -- look like mutual enemies and fight each other, they still share the same overall goal.
"Is it only coincidence that these three terrorist organizations are pointing their guns at us? Of course not. Even if the names and claims of these organizations are different, their target is Turkey," Erdogan stressed.
He said Turkey has fought the PKK and those who support PKK for over 30 years.
Erdogan added: "Basically, we have the real fight with those powers behind the scenes. In Germany, there is a struggle with these powers. In Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Sweden there is a struggle with these, too."
Most of the people the PKK has killed since 1984 were Turkey’s Kurdish citizens, Erdogan said, adding that the PKK cannot threaten people in eastern and southeastern Turkey anymore, because Turkish security forces prevent it.
"Ten thousand five hundred terrorists were neutralized in [the last] 20 months," he stressed.
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