Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish YPG Militia Targets in Syria: Army

Feb 10, 2018, 02:53
Turkish Jets Strike Kurdish YPG Militia Targets in Syria: Army

The airstrikes destroyed 19 targets including ammunition depots, shelters and gun positions, the armed forces said in a statement without specifying when the raids were conducted.

The Turkish military captured five more villages controlled by the People's Protection Units (YPG) on February 9 as part of "Operation Olive Branch" being carried out with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) after Turkey resumed air strikes following a six-day break. Turkey launched the air and ground operation into the Afrin region in northwest Syria - dubbed "Operation Olive Branch" - targeting the Kurdish YPG militia.

The villages of Nesriyya, Dukkan, Iskan and Juqali Fawqani in the Jandaris region as well as the Orta Cakalli village in the town of Shaykh al-Hadid, western Afrin, were captured from the YPG, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

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USA officials said on Thursday that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US -backed militia force, had captured Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, two of four militants known as the "Beatles" for their English accents. The attacks have displaced around 60,000 people, she said.

The Turkish raid against Washington-backed forces comes two days after the U.S. attacked pro-Damascus forces in the western Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr, reportedly killing more than 100 of them as the fighters were engaged in an anti-Daesh operation.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone on Thursday and agreed to strengthen military and security service coordination in Syria, according to the Kremlin.

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Turkey on January 20 launched its operation into the northwestern district of Afrin to remove the YPG, which Ankara considers a terrorist group for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

The YPG and its allies have set up three autonomous cantons in the north, including Afrin, since the Syrian conflict began in 2011.

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