Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defense; He came to the Air Forces Command Headquarters with the Chief of the General Staff, General Yaşar Güler, the Commander of the Land Forces, General Musa Avsever, and the Commander of the Naval Forces, Admiral Adnan Özbal.
Welcomed by Air Forces Commander General Hasan Küçükakyüz, Minister Akar moved to the Air Forces Command Operations Center with his accompanying TAF Command Level.
Minister Akar, who received a briefing on the air operation against terrorist targets in northern Iraq, held a video teleconference meeting with the Combat Air Force Operations Center.
Receiving information about the latest situation in the air operation, Minister Akar said, “Our Hero Turkish Armed Forces launched the Claw-Lock Operation against terrorist targets in order to prevent terrorist attacks against our people and security forces from the north of Iraq and to ensure our border security.” he said.
Stating that targets belonging to the terrorist organization were under heavy fire within the scope of the operation, Minister Akar said:
“In the operation carried out within the scope of the prepared plan, terrorist targets in Metina, Zap and Avaşin-Basyan regions were first fired by our air forces. Our heroic pilots successfully hit targets consisting of shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels, ammunition depots and so-called headquarters belonging to the terrorist organization. The targets determined by Fırtına, MLRA and other artillery elements were heavily fired and hit with full accuracy. Our Hero Commandos and Bordeaux Berets, supported by our ATAK helicopters, UAVs and SİHAs, infiltrated the region by infiltrating the land and by air attack operation. So far, our operation continues successfully as planned. The targets set in the first phase have been achieved.”
MEHMETCI'S BREATH IS ON THE NECK OF TERRORISTS
Minister Akar stated that they followed the operation in which Land, Naval and Air Forces elements took part, from the operation centers with Chief of General Staff Gen.
“We have done a detailed study on the operation since the planning phase. Our Mehmetçi; Inspired by the love, trust and prayer of our noble nation, it carries out its works with great heroism and sacrifice under the command and command of its commanders. We have no doubt that he will succeed in the tasks assigned to him, as he has done so far. I hope this operation will be completed successfully as planned. As a result, we are determined to save our noble nation from the terror scourge that has plagued our country for 40 years. Our struggle will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized. The breath of the Mehmetçik is on the back of the terrorists. We see that the terrorist organization is in a process of collapse. In the meantime, all of our activities are carried out in a way that respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of friendly and brotherly Iraq. I would like to reiterate that our only target is terrorists. Maximum sensitivity is shown to ensure that civilians, the environment, cultural and religious structures are not damaged.”
HE ADDRESSED PILOTS PARTICIPATING IN THE OPERATION OVER RADIO
Minister of National Defense Akar also spoke over the radio with the pilots who participated in the air operation carried out within the scope of Operation Claw-Lock.
Minister Akar conveyed his wishes of success to the pilots and said, “We follow your activities closely with great pride and pleasure. The targets set so far have been successfully hit as planned. These missions you performed in accordance with the glorious history of our Air Force will always be remembered with pride.” he said.
Minister Akar, who also met with Admiral Ercüment Tatlıoğlu, the Commander of the Navy, who conducted the Blue Homeland Exercise in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas, said, "While our counter-terrorism operations continue, on the other hand, our efforts to protect the rights, interests and interests of our country in the seas. continues with determination. I wish you success in your work, may your bow be clear and your seas calm. I wish success to our Levents.” used the expressions.
After completing his examinations there, Minister Akar moved to the Land Forces Operations Center with the TAF Command Level.