Turkish airstrikes in Syria, offensive threatened in north

Turkish president says will intervene if US doesn't remove Kurds

14 December, 16:27

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, DECEMBER 14 - The Turkish Air Force conducted airstrikes on Thursday evening against Kurdish PKK targets in northern Iraq in the Sinjar and Mount Karajak regions at the border with Syria.

    The airstrikes came following a recent announcement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that a Turkish operation against Kurdish YPG militants would begin "in a few days" in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River.

    Turkey classifies the YPG militants, who are backed by the United States in the fight against ISIS, as "terrorists" and claims they are linked to the PKK.

    "If the United States doesn't remove the Kurdish YPG militants from northern Syria, Turkey will do it," Erdogan said.

    "With their manoeuvers on Manbij, they are trying to distract us and break our determination," he said.

    The targets that were hit included shelters, caves, tunnels, and depots, according to the Turkish Defence Ministry, which spoke of a targeted operation to ensure the security of its borders and prevent terrorist attacks. (ANSAmed).

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