Turkish drone attacks continue in areas under their control
The Syrian Democratic Forces announced today that they killed five Turks troops in operations carried out in response to Turkish drone attacks in areas under their control. According to the SDF, operations took place yesterday Thursday against two military bases where Turkish troops were stationed.
In Ankara, a Turkish Defense Ministry official denied today that the SDF killed five Turkish soldiers. When asked about the SDF announcement, the official replied: “This claim is not true.”
Turkey carried out fresh strikes today against targets in areas controlled by Kurdish fighters in Syria, including major gas plants, killing five people, officials said.
According to Kurdish officials, the toll from the strikes launched by Turkish forces on Thursday in northern Syria is 15 dead, including eight civilians.
At the same time, the Turkish authorities announced today thatA member of the Turkish special forces succumbed to his injurieswhich he suffered in northern Syria where Ankara’s army is carrying out heavy strikes against positions of Kurdish fighters.
This policeman was injured on Thursday night in a rocket attack against a Turkish military base in Dambik, in northwestern Syria, the governorate of Gaziantep, a province bordering Syria, announced today, where he was hospitalized.
The officer was serving in the area of Operation Euphrates Shield, which Turkey conducted in 2016-2017 against the Islamic State jihadist group and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Turkey attributed the attack to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the YPG and in “retaliation” carried out strikes in northern Syria last Thursday night into Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced, which had reported on Thursday night that two members of the Turkish security forces were seriously injured and were being treated in Turkey.
Ankara calls the YPG — a U.S. partner in the fight against Islamic State group jihadists — “terrorists” and sees them as an extension of the PKK, which is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies.
Ankara has been carrying out heavy airstrikes against PKK and YPG targets in northern Syria since Sunday night, in retaliation for an attack on Sunday in Ankara, claimed by the PKK, that injured two police officers.
A series of strikes on infrastructure and civilian and military targets launched by Turkey on Thursday in northeastern Turkey — where the Kurds have installed an autonomous administration — killed 11 people, Kurdish officials said.
The head of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazloum Abdi, denied on Wednesday that the perpetrators of the Ankara attack had been trained in Syria, as Ankara claims.
Another Turkish soldier who was wounded on September 30 in northern Iraq and treated in the city of Gaziantep also died today, the ministry said.
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