Turkish army bans smartphones outside of Turkish border areas

The Ministry of Defense of Turkey on Thursday announced the ban on smartphones by Turkish soldiers outside of Turkey's borders.
Turkish soldiers near Idlib in southwestern Syria, Feb. 10, 2020 (Photo: AFP)
Turkish soldiers near Idlib in southwestern Syria, Feb. 10, 2020 (Photo: AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – The Ministry of Defense of Turkey on Thursday announced the ban on smartphones by Turkish soldiers in areas of operations outside the border.

"An order has been issued regarding the use of mobile phones by the personnel on duty in the operation area. In line with this order, the use of smartphones and camera phones in the operation and operation areas is strictly prohibited,” Turkish Defense Ministry spokesperson Zeki Akturk told reporters.

Moreover, he announced that Turkish soldiers working in the border regions will be given awareness training on communication devices and the negative effects of social media use. Also punishments will be imposed on those violating the new rule.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had warned about the use of smartphones by soldiers in foreign operation areas and said that they will implement the necessary measures to prevent it.

Ankara has launched several ground operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Kurdistan Region’s mountainous areas since 2021.