BAGHDAD, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Saturday that Turkey would continue its anti-terrorism operations in Iraq without interruption.

“Our fight against the terrorist organizations in Gabar and Goody (northern Iraq) will continue without interruption, and our fighters have destroyed the terrorist hideouts in Sinjar and Qara Jag,” Erdogan said in a speech in the western state of Denizli.

The Turkish President stressed that his country will not hesitate to protect its security and will intervene to eliminate any risks lurking wherever they are.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry, summoned on Friday, Ambassador of Ankara to Baghdad, Fatih Yildiz, to hand him a memorandum of protest against the “continuing air violations” by Turkey for Iraqi airspace.

Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hami Aksoi stressed that military operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq would continue. The PKK, considered by Ankara a terrorist organization, has used Iraqi territory for many years as a base for operations against Turkey.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency