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Turkish artillery targets Syrian Kurdish group in Aleppo

By Rudaw 13/2/2016
The Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria. AFP File Photo.
The Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria. AFP File Photo.
Turkey fired artillery over the border into the Aleppo province in northern Syria on Saturday. They targeted areas which the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) recently, with Russian air support, advanced into.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned the YPG, in a clear reference to Turkey's ongoing bombing campaign against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), that, "We can if necessary take the same measures in Syria as we took in Iraq and Qandil." 

AFP cited a source in the YPG which said the areas shelled by the Turks include the former Syrian airbase of Menagh. Which had been under the control of an opposition-group since August 2013 but was seized by the YPG in their advance eastward of the Kurdish canton of Afrin this week. 

Turkey has long opposed the YPG advancing in northwestern Syria. That 60-mile stretch of border, the so-called Jarablus-Azaz line, is one of the few parts of the Syrian border not closed off to other groups (many of them Islamists) coming into Syria from Turkey by the Kurds. Turkey has long declared a YPG entry into that area to be its "red-line" in Syria. 

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Cyaxares | 13/2/2016
Turkey's just trying to help out the Islamic terrorists they are supporting in Syria.
Kandil | 13/2/2016
Only one option is left for Kurds, fight for their independence or accept to be 2nd class citizen and slave forever, Turkey had more than 100 years to do things right.BIJI KURDISTAN
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Brzoo Kurdi | 13/2/2016
The terrorist state of Turkey is testing the situation ,and they want to know how the world reacts ,NATO and the US... ,the Islamist in Turkey do not want to see the Kurds to advance but it is too late ,the whole world knows that Turkey is helping Hamas and Isis and they are not serious to get rid of NATO's enemy ,but the Kurds are .
sako | 13/2/2016
The Turkish jet bombed YPG today in northern Aleppo province.
FAUthman | 13/2/2016
How long can the shelling across the border from Turkey continue without a counter shelling coming from the other side or by some other means to silence the Turkish artillery. This obviously would be a serious escalation in the confrontation with Russia that would alarm the US and NATO who so far have not been able to reign in Mr. Erdogan.
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