Turkey and Iran join forces against Kurds

Turkey and Iran will carry out a joint operation against Kurdish rebels, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency quoted the interior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“God willing, we will carry out a joint operation against the PKK together with Iran,” Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party listed as a terror group by Ankara and Western allies.

Soylu did not specify which PKK bases the planned operation would target but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously said it would be against militant hideouts in Iraq.

Turkey has battled the PKK for decades, while the Iranian security forces have also fought its affiliate, the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK). Both groups have rear bases in neighboring Iraq.

In 2017, Erdogan said a joint Turkish-Iranian operation against Kurdish militants was “always on the agenda”.
He added that the two countries’, military chiefs had discussed how to work against Kurdish militants, but Iran’s Revolutionary Guards denied that at the time.