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Turkey bombs Kurdish positions in Iraq and Syria

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A country bordering Syria at war and Iraq, Turkey has been deploying troops in northern Syria at war since 2020 and controls areas with its Syrian auxiliaries.

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, the raids targeted Tuesday evening shelters, bunkers, caves, tunnels, ammunition dumps and alleged headquarters and training campsoperated by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq and by the People’s Protection Units (YPG, Syrian Kurdish Forces) in Syria.

The PKK, a Turkish Kurdish rebel group, described as terrorist by Ankara and its Western allies, has been waging an insurgency against Turkey since 1984. Ankara considers the YPG an offshoot terrorist of the PKK in Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), Turkish raids hit a power plant in Syria near the town of Al-Malikiya in the province of Hassaké, under the control of the local Kurdish administration.

The strikes came hours after a funeral gathering hundreds of people in the same city, organized for the Kurdish fighters killed in an offensive by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) against a prison run by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), whose the mainstay is the YPG, in Hassaké at the end of January.

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At least four people were killed in the attack targeting the power stationsaid the OSDH.

rocket fire

Since Tuesday evening, more than 40 rockets and shells fired by Turkish forces have targeted areas in northern Aleppo province under the control of Kurdish fighters, according to the NGO.

On Wednesday, five people, including two civilians, died in a bombardment against residential areas of the city of Al-Bab in the province of Aleppo (north), under the control of Turkish forces and its Syrian auxiliaries, indicated the ‘OSDH without being able to say immediately who was behind the shooting.

In Iraq, in the Kurdish autonomous region of Kurdistan (north), Turkish warplanes targeted several PKK positionsin particular in the regions of Makhmour and Sinjar, according to a press release from the anti-terrorist services of Kurdistan, evoking human and material losses.

Turkish military aircraft bombarded six PKK positions in the Karjokh mountainsoverlooking a camp for displaced Kurds in the Makhmour region, they said.

An armed group linked to the PKK which manages the camp reported two fighters killed and dozens injured among camp residents.

Northern Iraq

Turkey has de facto installed several dozen military bases for 25 years in Iraqi Kurdistan. In 2021, it launched a new military campaign against the PKK in northern Iraq, with recurring aerial bombardments.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the PKK of using the mountainous border area as a springboard for its insurgency.

In recent months, several Turkish soldiers have been killed in attacks in northern Iraq attributed to the PKK.

In Syria, a country fragmented by a devastating war, Turkish forces have repeatedly targeted the YPG.

Turkey is trying to continue what IS startedcharged the YPG on Twitter, in reference to the IS assault that sought to free jihadists from Ghwayran prison.

Everyone must take action against this attack nowthey added.

The FDS announced on Sunday the end of search operations in Ghwayran prison after several days of fighting which left 373 dead, including 268 jihadists according to the OSDH.

Backed by the United States, the SDF are spearheading the fight against IS, driven out of its strongholds in Syria and Iraq, but which continues to carry out attacks through sleeper cells.

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