Çavuşoğlu: Turkey did not target civilians in Iraqi “Dohuk”

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that confirmed information is that the Turkish Armed Forces did not carry out any attack against civilians in the Iraqi province of Dohuk.

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This came in the context of his comment, during a live interview on the state-run TRT Khabar channel, on the allegations of Turkey targeting civilians in northern Iraq.

He added, “Once again, we ask God to have mercy on the souls of our nine brothers who died (as a result of the attack in Dohuk), and we wish recovery for the wounded, and we said that we can transfer the wounded to Turkey if necessary.”

Çavuşoğlu said that there were reports issued after the attack that included accusations and distortions against Turkey, which the Foreign Ministry denied in frank language through its statement (Wednesday evening).

He stressed that the whole world knows that Turkey has not at any time launched attacks against civilians, and continues its struggle against terrorism in accordance with international law.

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And he added: “As soon as this news arrived yesterday, we immediately held consultations with our relevant institutions and exchanged the necessary information.”

He continued, “According to the information we received from the Turkish armed forces, no attack was carried out against civilians (in Dohuk).”

The Turkish minister pointed out that his country’s forces always target the “PKK-PKK” or its Syrian arm, “YPG”.

On the other hand, Çavuşoğlu stressed that Turkey cannot remain idly by in Syria.

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He added in the same context: “Until today, we have not taken permission from anyone to carry out our operations there, and we will not.”