Ankara, November 6, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
For a possible military ground operation against Islamic State (ISIS) spoke the Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu, indicating that Ankara is under strong pressure to participate in a more active way to the fight against the jihadists.
In the Turkish press there are reports of a possible ground operation, something which is not confirmed by Ankara.
The Turkish minister during his visit in northern Iraq said that ISIS has conducted terrorist attacks against Turkey and said that “Turkey has a plan of military action against ISIS in the coming days. You will see. Together we must stand against them. At the same time, there must be a resolution of the crisis in Syria and this must be done on a democratic basis”.
Sinirlioglu argued that the Islamic State threatens the way of life and security of Turkey and said that “Turkey will continue to provide assistance to Iraq and the Kurds of northern Iraq to fight ISIS”.
However, the foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgiç, made it clear that “in the statements of the minister there is no mention of ground operations. ISIS is a terrorist organisation and we are taking every possible action against it”.