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Turkey launches airstrikes over northern Syria


BEIRUT — Turkey launched airstrikes over a number of cities in northern Syria on Saturday, U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces reported.

The airstrikes occurred per week after a bomb rocked a bustling avenue within the coronary heart of Istanbul, killing six folks and wounding over 80 others. Turkish authorities blamed the assault on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in addition to Syrian Kurdish teams affiliated with it. The Kurdish militants teams have, nonetheless, denied involvement.

Ankara and Washington each take into account the PKK a terror group, however disagree on the standing of the Syrian Kurdish teams, which have been allied with the U.S. within the combat in opposition to the Islamic State group in Syria.

The airstrikes focused Kobani, a strategic city close to the Turkish border that Ankara had beforehand tried to overhaul in its plans to determine a “safe zone” alongside northern Syria. SDF spokesperson Farhad Shami in a tweet added that two villages closely populated with displaced folks have been beneath Turkish bombardment. He stated the strikes had resulted in “deaths and injuries.”

Syrian opposition media reported that Turkish airstrikes focused Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces positions.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition battle monitor, reported that the strikes had additionally hit Syrian military positions and that a minimum of 10 had been killed, together with each SDF and Syrian military troopers.

In neighboring Iraq, the U.S. Consulate General in Erbil stated it’s monitoring “credible open-source reports” of potential Turkish army motion in northern Syria and northern Iraq within the coming days.

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The Kurdish-led authority in northeast Syria stated Saturday that if Turkey assaults, then fighters within the space would have “the right to resist and defend our areas in a major way that will take the region into a long war.”

Turkey has launched three main cross-border operations into Syria since 2016 and already controls some territories within the north.



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