Seventeen dead in Turkish strike in northern Syria

Seventeen dead in Turkish strike in northern Syria

Since 2016, Ankara has launched a series of operations in Syria targeting Kurdish fighters it considers “terrorists.”

A Turkish strike on a position held by regime forces in the north of the Syria left seventeen dead on Tuesday, August 16, after nighttime clashes between Ankara forces and Kurdish fighters, an NGO announced.

Seventeen fighters were killed in a Turkish airstrike that targeted a Syrian regime position…near the Turkish borderin the village of Jarqali, west of the city of Kobani, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH). “It is unclear whether they are from regime forces or whether Kurdish fighters control the area“Said the director of the OSDH Rami Abdel Rahmane.

The official Syrian news agency SANA, citing a military source, confirmed the death of at least three Syrian soldiers and six wounded. “Any attack against a position held by our armed forces will be met with a direct and immediate response on all fronts.added SANA.

Heavy fighting broke out overnight from Monday to Tuesday between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by Kurdish forces, and the Turkish army, which intensified its bombardment after one of its positions on the Turkish side of the border was attacked, according to the OSDH.

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Operation in progress

Ankara claimed that the Kurdish attack in Turkish territory had cost the life of a soldier. In retaliation, “13 terrorists were neutralized“, according to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, adding that the operation in the region continues. The SDS said in a statement that “Turkish military aircraft“had led”12 airstrikes against Syrian army positions deployed on the border strip west of Kobane“. The raids made “the victimssaid SDF spokesman Farhad Shami, without providing further details. According to the SDF, at least 13 of their fighters have been killed by Turkish attacks since July.

Kurdish forces control most of northeastern Syria, a country fragmented since the war started in 2011 and which has become more complex over the years with the intervention of multiple groups and foreign powers, such as Turkey. The conflict has left around half a million dead and millions displaced and refugees. Syrian regime forces have deployed in recent years in areas controlled by Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, under agreements intended to stem cross-border Turkish offensives against Kurdish fighters, considered “terroristsby Ankara.

Turkey, which has launched a series of operations in Syria targeting Kurdish forces and the Islamic State jihadist group since 2016, has been threatening since May to carry out a major offensive against the Kurds in northeastern Syria. Since the start of the war, Turkey, supporting the rebels, has fiercely opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But last week Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for reconciliation between the Syrian government and the opposition, which angered rebels and led to anti-Turkish protests. Also on Tuesday, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the Syrian insurgents and the regime in Damascus must “reconcile“.

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