Turkey attacks Kurdish positions

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Syria and IraqTurkey talks about “accounting”: 27 dead in attacks in Kurdish areas

Turkey blames Kurdish groups for the bombing of Istanbul and begins its long-heralded military offensive against militias in Syria and Iraq.

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At least 27 people were killed and 38 wounded, some seriously, in Turkish airstrikes on Sunday night.

At least 27 people were killed and 38 wounded, some seriously, in Turkish airstrikes on Sunday night.

AFP

The Turkish army has attacked Kurdish positions in northern Iraq and northern Syria.

The Turkish army has attacked Kurdish positions in northern Iraq and northern Syria.

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Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tweeted that it was time for the

Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tweeted that it was time for a “fix.”

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that’s what it’s all about

  • Turkey has attacked Kurdish positions in northern Syria and northern Iraq.

  • At least 27 people died.

  • Ankara justifies the attacks as a reaction to the Istanbul bombing, which critics describe as a pretext for Turkey to connect the occupied areas.

One week after the fatal Bomb attack in Istanbul the Turkish army has attacked Kurdish positions in northern Iraq and northern Syria. The operations targeted the banned Kurdish Workers’ Party PKK and the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG, the Defense Ministry announced in Ankara on Sunday. Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tweeted that it was time for a “fix.” Turkey blames Kurdish groups for the explosion that killed six people in Istanbul on Sunday.

At least 27 people were killed and 38 wounded, some seriously, in the airstrikes on Sunday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, 89 targets in northern Syria and northern Iraq were “destroyed”. Furthermore, “terrorists were neutralized in large numbers.”

Bombs in the Kobane and Aleppo regions

Among other things, the Turkish air force bombed places near Kobane and Aleppo, according to the observatory. A Syrian government publication was also targeted. Syrian soldiers were killed in the attacks, activists and the Syrian state news agency Sana reported. Turkey named the northern Iraqi cities of Kandil, Asus, Hakurk and the Syrian cities of Tall Rifat, Kobane, Jazeera and Al-Malikiyah as targets.

Turkey has carried out four military offensives in northern Syria since 2016, also against the YPG. Ankara sees the YPG as a branch of the PKK and considers both as terrorist organizations. The United States cooperates with the YPG in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist militia, but classifies the PKK as a terrorist. In northern Syria, Turkey is occupying border areas as a result of its military operations and is cooperating with rebel groups.

It also attacked targets in Iraq.

Of Conflict between the Turkish armed forces and the PKK it has a decades-long history and has claimed thousands of victims so far; according to the organization International Crisis Group, most of the members and allies of the PKK have been assassinated. The Turkish army has also attacked several locations in northern Iraq, the “Rudaw” news site reported. The objective was over the Kandil mountains. The PKK has its headquarters there.

The Defense Ministry in Ankara on Sunday referred to the right to self-defense under the UN Charter. Experts suspect that the Turkish government’s goal could be to connect Turkish-occupied areas to the west and east of the Syrian city of Kobane. After the offensive began in the night, there were more attacks in the region during the course of Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

PKK and YPG deny their involvement in the attack

The pro-Kurdish HDP party in Turkey strongly condemned the attacks. The government used the Istanbul attack as an excuse to crack down on Kobane, who said he had “inspired the oppressed of this world” with his “epic resistance” to Islamic State.

The PKK and YPG strongly deny any involvement in the Istanbul bombing and also accuse Turkey of having created a pretext for another military operation in northern Syria with the accusation. Independent experts have also expressed such suspicions, especially since the Turkish president has been announcing such an offensive for months. The United States, but also Russia and Iran, had clearly warned Ankara against another military offensive. Russia and Iran support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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