Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that a joint Turkish-Iranian military offensive against Kurdish militants based on Qandil Mountain in northern Iraq is imminent.
The Associated Press is quoting Erdogan as saying “there is no question of postponement” of the joint operations. Erdogan added that Turkey and Iran are “working together and determined” to defeat the Kurdish rebels in Qandil.
“I regret to say this but there will be a price for it,” Erdogan added, apparently in reference to possible military losses during the upcoming offensive [AP, 25 September].
In July, Iran launched its own offensive against the Iranian-Kurdish militant group PJAK. That offensive is still ongoing. IRGC lost a senior general officer earlier this month during those clashes.
Meanwhile, Turkey today stopped natural gas imports from Iran. Turkey’s state-owned oil and gas company, BOTAS, said repairing possible damages to Iran-Turkey pipeline necessitated its action. BOTAS provided no further details, but the Kurdish militants on both sides of the border have in the past few months taken responsibility for attacks on the pipeline, causing major explosions and temporary disruption in the flow of the natural gas.
UPDATE: The natural gas export to Turkey was recommenced on Friday 30 September [Press TV].