Turkey is currently undertaking a series of security operations in Syria and northern Iraq simply to secure its borders against the PKK, which is using these countries as a launch pad for terrorist attacks.
Yet, we see claims in the Western press that Turkey is actually targeting "the Kurds."
This once again is a sad perception campaign to create the image that Turkey is against the Kurds in general and not the terrorists, who are waging a secessionist war.
Turkey is not against the Kurd, who are actually the co-founders of the Turkish Republic. This country is their land as much as it is the Turks'. Turkey is against the secessionist PKK terrorists who want to divide the country and create a Kurdish state on our territory. Thus Turkey has been fighting for nearly the group for four decades – something that has inflicted extensive material and moral damage to our country. Almost 50,000 people have lost their lives in the violence instigated by the PKK.