07-Dec-2022  Srinagar booked.net


Turkey Air-Strikes Northern Syria, Iraq Over Istanbul Explosion



Turkiye (Turkey) carried out air strikes against Kurdish militant bases in northern Syria and northern Iraq on Sunday and destroyed 89 targets, Turkey's defense ministry said.

The strikes were carried out in Qandil, Asos, and Hakurk in Iraq and Kobani, Tal Rifat, Cizire, and Derik in Syria, the ministry said
The air strikes came after turkey announced to take revenge against the Istanbul blast in which six persons were killed and injured more than 80. 
The strikes targeted bases of the  Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey says is a wing of the PKK, the ministry added in a statement.
However, no group has claimed responsibility for the blast and the PKK and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have denied involvement.
A spokesman for the SDF said that the Turkish strikes had destroyed infrastructure including grain silos, a power station, and a hospital. Eleven civilians, including a journalist, died, said Farhad Shami, head of the SDF media center on Twitter.
SDF said in a statement they would retaliate for the strikes. "These attacks by the Turkish occupying forces will not go without a response," it said.
Separately, a Syrian military source told state media SANA that several servicemen had been killed in "Turkish aggression on Syrian land" on Sunday morning, in the countryside near northern Aleppo and Hasaka.
A Turkish official said on Tuesday Ankara plans to pursue targets in northern Syria after it completes a cross-border operation against the PKK militants in Iraq.
"It is time to give account for Istiklal," Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Turkey has conducted three incursions so far into northern Syria against the YPG militia. President Tayyip Erdogan has previously said Turkey could conduct another operation against the YPG.
Ankara regularly carries out air strikes in northern Iraq and has sent commandos to support its offensives as part of a long-running campaign against the PKK in Iraq.
The PKK militant group has led an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984. It is considered a 'terrorist' organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.
Washington has allied with the YPG in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, causing a rift with NATO ally Turkey.