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Turkey hits PYD positions in Syria, claims it killed 14 fighters

By Rudaw 23/10/2016
Turkish forces move into Syria as part of operations against the Kurdish People's Defense Units and ISIS fighters last August. Photo: AFP
Turkish forces move into Syria as part of operations against the Kurdish People's Defense Units and ISIS fighters last August. Photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey and the rebels it backs in Syria hit 51 targets in that country on Sunday, killing 14 “terrorists,” Turkish media reported.

The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that the military and the opposition it backs carried out the attacks against the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and ISIS in two locations in northern Syria on Saturday, naming the village of Burj and the town of Marea, which is approximately 40 kilometres north of Aleppo.

Four Turkish-backed opposition members were killed and another 20 injured in the operation, it reported, citing military sources. In Burj, 11 “terrorists” were killed and in Marea three “PKK/PYD terrorists” were killed. 

The Turkish military also said its Special Forces had killed 11 ISIS militants across the border in Syria.

Turkish media reported on Friday that the Turkish military claimed to have killed up to 200 fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in airstrikes over Wednesday night.

The Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) have reported attacks by the Turkish army against positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which began on Wednesday and continued on Sunday. 

They YPG refutes the claim that as many as 200 of their forces have been killed. On Saturday, they published the names of 20 SDF fighters they said were killed by the Turkish army on Thursday.

 


The SDF is a coalition of forces fighting ISIS in northern Syria, the dominant force within the alliance is the YPG. 

Comments

 
Kurdistan | 23/10/2016
May God curse the evil barbaric Turks and their allies ISIS. Biji Kurd u Kurdistan!!
T.I. | 23/10/2016
The Turkish army is now actively waging war against YPG/SDF using their jihadi proxy FSA as an excuse, it seems this was the plan all along. Obviously the Russians came to some kind of agreement with Erdogan otherwise it would be impossible for Turkey to Afrin like this. Judging by the rhetoric coming out of Damascus and Tehran it seems the Iranians and Assad are angry and regret their initial agreement with Erdogan, but they also might just be putting on a show. The US response is not clear either, Ashton Carter went to Ankara supposedly to talk about Mosul but I think he was more worried about the situation in Afrin. It's unclear if the Americans warned Erdogan or gave him the green light because of conflicting reports, if I had to guess I would say they warned him because Erdogan is more furious than ever.
i hate turkey | 23/10/2016
Burn in hell Turkey. SO pissed they attack people fighting ISIS. And the USA sits back saying nothing. You helped these fighters defeat ISIS
A Kurd in exile | 24/10/2016
Let's hope that the YPG/YPJ and the rest of the SDF will turn Rojava and Northern Syria into another Vietnam for the Turkish military!
Mohamedzzz | 24/10/2016
It is better to die fighting Turkey, than to die slaughtered by Turkey, BIJI KURDISTAN.

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