Turkiye plans to go in northern Syria after Istanbul blast

Operation against outlawed PKK militants will be completed first

Picture source - Reuters

Turkiye has planned to go after the targets in northern Syria after completing cross border operation against the militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

A senior Turkish official has said that Syria was a national security problem for Turkiye and work has already been done on that. The official also said that Ankara will clear threats along its southern border.

There was a deadly weekend bombing in Istanbul and the government blamed Kurdish militants were involved in the incident. The blast in Istiklal Avenue on Sunday killed six while more than 80 were injured.

The official speaking to Reuters had said that the threats to Turkiye which were posted by Kurdish or Da’esh were unacceptable. He said that one way or the other all threats will be cleared. He also said that in Iraq an operation was already going on against the PKK while certain targets in Syria needed to be completed after that.

However, no group has yet accepted responsibility of the Istanbul blast. Both PKK and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have denied their involvement in the incident.

A suspected bomber, a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir, was detained after a house raid on Monday. 50 others have also been detained by the police.

The Health Minister has said that 57 of the injured have been discharged from the hospital while 17 were still in hospital with six in the intensive care unit.

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