Kurdish–Turkish conflict

Erdoğan vows to end dependence on foreign defense goods

Turkey's president vowed on July 8 to eliminate the nation's dependence on foreign-made defense products.

"We will continue to increase our investments in the defense industry until we completely free our country from foreign dependence," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said at the opening ceremony of a maintenance hangar for A400M strategic airlifters in the capital Ankara.

2 PKK terrorists 'neutralized' in southeastern Turkey

Turkish security forces "neutralized" at least two PKK terrorists in the country's southeast, the Interior Ministry said on July 4.

The terrorists were "neutralized" in an operation supported by unmanned aerial vehicles in the Yüksekova district of Hakkari province as part of Operation Eren-14, said the ministry.

Turkey neutralizes 3 PKK/YPG terrorists in northern Syria

Turkish security forces neutralized at least three YPG/PKK terrorists in northern Syria, near the Turkish border, who were preparing an attack, the Turkish National Defense Ministry said on June 27. 

Turkish commandos neutralized two terrorists in the Operation Peace Spring region and another in the Operation Euphrates Shield area, the ministry said on Twitter.

Erdoğan condemns deadly attack on HDP office

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has condemned an attack on the office of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the western province of İzmir last week in which a woman was killed, labeling it a "provocation."

Onur Gencer stormed the HDP office on June 17 and shot Deniz Poyraz dead. The assailant was arrested shortly after the attack.

Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Party Blames Govt for Deadly Attack

Supporters shout slogans against the government at a march protesting the arrest of People's Democratic Party HDP parliamentarians in Istanbul, June 18, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

According to the HDP, the man fired several times, damaging the building and then took party staffer Deniz Poyraz hostage and later killed her.