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Air strikes in Syria, Iraq from Turkiye

ISTANBUL –


Turkiye launched lethal airstrikes over northern areas of Syria and Iraq, the Turkish Defence Ministry mentioned Sunday, focusing on Kurdish teams that Ankara holds liable for final week’s bomb assault in Istanbul.


Warplanes attacked bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and the Syrian People’s Protection Units, or YPG, the ministry mentioned in a press release, which was accompanied by photographs of F-16 jets taking off and pictures of a strike from an aerial drone.


The ministry cited Turkiye’s proper to self-defence underneath Article 51 of the United Nations Charter in launching an operation it referred to as Claw-Sword late Saturday. It mentioned it was focusing on areas “used as a base by terrorists in their assaults on our nation.”


Syrian Kurdish officers have alleged civilian deaths from the air assaults.


The airstrikes got here after a bomb rocked a bustling avenue in the guts of Istanbul on Nov. 13, killing six folks and wounding over 80 others. Turkish authorities blamed the assault on the PKK and its Syrian affiliate the YPG. The Kurdish militant teams have, nonetheless, denied involvement.


Ankara and Washington each contemplate the PKK a terror group, however disagree on the standing of the YPG. Under the Syrian Democratic Forces’ banner, the YPG has allied with the U.S. in the struggle towards the Islamic State group in Syria.


The PKK has fought an armed insurgency in Turkiye since 1984. The battle has killed tens of hundreds of individuals since then.


Following the strikes, the Defence Ministry posted a photograph of an F-16 fighter aircraft with the phrase, “Payback time! The scoundrels are being held to account for his or her treacherous assaults.” The DHA information company reported that F-16s took off from airfields in Malatya and Diyarbakir in southern Turkiye whereas drones have been launched from Batman.


The ministry claimed {that a} complete of 89 targets have been destroyed and a “massive quantity” of what it designated “terrorists” have been killed in strikes that ranged from Tall Rifat in northwest Syria to the Qandil mountains in Iraq’s northeast.


Defence Minister Hulusi Akar oversaw the airstrikes from an operations middle and congratulated pilots and floor employees. “Our intention is to make sure the safety of our 85 million residents and our borders and to retaliate for any treacherous assault on our nation,” he mentioned, in keeping with a ministry assertion.


Akar claimed that a variety of targets “have been destroyed with nice success,” together with what he described because the “the so-called headquarters of the terrorist group,” with out giving additional particulars.


Other Turkish officers responded to the assaults. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin tweeted {a photograph} of the Turkish flag with the remark “Payback time for Istiklal” — a reference to the road the place final week’s bombing occurred.


The airstrikes focused Kobani, a strategic Kurdish-majority Syrian city close to the Turkish border that Ankara had beforehand tried to take in its plans to determine a “secure zone” alongside northern Syria.


Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson Farhad Shami in a tweet mentioned that two villages closely populated with displaced folks have been underneath Turkish bombardment. He mentioned the strikes had resulted in 11 civilian deaths and destroyed a hospital, an influence plant and grain silos.


In the Syrian city of Derik, which lies the place the borders of Syria, Iraq and Turkiye meet, The Associated Press discovered a burnt out petrol station with destroyed buildings close by.


“There have been Turkish airstrikes right here, roughly 5 strikes,” mentioned Abdulgafar Ali, an worker on the petrol station. “The bombardment brought on mass destruction. It shut down the station fully and resulted in the killing and injuring of harmless civilians, who dedicated no sin.”


The Women’s Protection Units, or YPJ, which is linked to the YPG, mentioned the airstrikes focused areas alongside the Turkiye-Syria border together with Kobani, Derbasiyeh and Ein Issa. “The airstrikes are random that concentrate on the folks,” the YPJ media workplace mentioned in written response to The Associated Press.


“The individuals who fought the Daesh terrorist group are actually underneath assault by Turkish warplanes,” it mentioned, utilizing an Arabic acronym to confer with the Islamic State group.


The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition conflict monitor, reported that the strikes had additionally hit Syrian military positions and that at the very least 12 had been killed, together with SDF and Syrian troopers.


The observatory mentioned about 25 airstrikes have been carried out by Turkish warplanes on websites in the countryside of Aleppo, Raqqa and Hasakah.


The Syrian Defence Ministry mentioned “a number of” Syrian troopers have been killed in the northern Aleppo countryside and Hasakah province. Syrian state media had beforehand reported three troopers killed.


In neighbouring Iraq, officers of the Kurdistan Regional Government mentioned at the very least 32 PKK militants had been killed in 25 air raids.


The Kurdish-led authority in northeast Syria mentioned Saturday that if Turkiye assaults, then fighters in the world would have “the precise to withstand and defend our areas in a significant means that can take the area into an extended conflict.”


SDF commander Mazloum Abdi referred to as on folks to stay at house and abide by safety forces’ directions. “We are making each effort to keep away from a significant disaster. If conflict erupts, all can be affected,” he tweeted.


An SDF assertion later mentioned the assaults “is not going to stay unanswered. At the suitable time and place, we are going to reply in a powerful and efficient method.”


Turkiye’s state-run Anadolu information company reported {that a} Turkish soldier and two law enforcement officials have been later wounded in a rocket assault on the Oncupinar border gate with Syria.


It emerged that Erdogan gave the order for the airstrikes as he was returning from the G-20 assembly of world leaders in Indonesia on Thursday. The president’s workplace launched photographs of Erdogan being briefed on his aircraft by Akar.


Later on Sunday Erdogan, accompanied by a clutch of officers together with Akar, left Turkiye for the World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar.


Turkiye has invaded northern Syria 3 times since 2016 and already controls some territories in the north. Earlier this 12 months, Erdogan threatened one other navy operation in the border space.


Turkish forces launched a recent floor and air operation referred to as Claw-Lock towards the PKK in northern Iraq in April.


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Associated Press writers Abby Sewell and Samya Kullab in Baghdad and Bassem Mroue and Kareem Chehayeb in Beirut contributed to this report.

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