Turkish PM vows no respite in war on Kurdish militants

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday (January 10) security operations against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants will continue until every area is "cleansed from terrorists". In an address to members of his AK Party, Davutoglu said Turkey is determined to deal with the PKK which first took up arms in 1984 to push for greater autonomy in the largely Kurdish southeast. "We determine the duration of the operations by how much we achieved our goals. Our fight against terror will continue with utmost determination until all mountains and cities are cleansed from these murderers and every street in every city and every district becomes safe," Davutoglu said. The violence has preoccupied the NATO member's armed forces and complicated international efforts to fight Islamic State in neighbouring Syria, where a Kurdish group linked to the PKK is fighting the jihadists. Western allies want Turkey to focus more squarely on the threat...