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.