Many Killed In Turkish Air Strikes Against Kurdish Militants In Syria And Iraq

In a video image, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is seen briefing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who gave the order for the latest operation, which the Syrian government claims killed a number of its soldiers.

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Many Killed In Turkish Air Strikes Against Kurdish Militants In Syria And Iraq.

Turkey said on Sunday that it had carried out air strikes against outlawed Kurdish militants’ bases in northern Syria and Iraq, alleging that they were being used to launch “terrorist” attacks on Turkish soil.

The raids in northern and northeastern Syria overnight, primarily against positions held by Syrian Kurdish forces, killed at least 31 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based war monitoring group.

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The offensive, codenamed Operation Claw-Sword, comes just one week after a bombing in central Istanbul killed six people and injured 81 others.

Turkey blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting a bloody insurgency in the country for decades and is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara and its Western allies. The PKK has denied involvement in the Istanbul explosion.

“Air Operation Claw-Sword was successfully carried out, within the scope of our strategy to eradicate terrorism at its source and eliminate terror attacks against our people and security forces from northern Iraq and Syria,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

The strikes targeted PKK bases in northern Iraq’s mountainous regions of Kandil, Asos, and Hakurk, as well as YPG bases in Ayn al-Arab (Kobane in Kurdish), Tal Rifaat, Jazira, and Derik in Syria, according to the ministry. Ankara regards the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the PKK.

Of all, 89 targets including shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels, ammunition depots, so-called headquarters and training camps belonging to the militants “were destroyed”, the ministry said, adding “many terrorists were neutralised”, including their leaders. “All our planes safely returned to their bases after the operation,” it added.

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In a video image, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is seen briefing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who gave the order for the latest operation, which the Syrian government claims killed a number of its soldiers.

The Istanbul bombing was the deadliest in five years, bringing back painful memories of a wave of nationwide attacks blamed primarily on Kurdish militants or Islamic State (IS) group jihadists from 2015 to 2017. No one or any group has claimed responsibility.

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