Turkey Hits Syrian Kurd Group Again
Turkey hit Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria for the second time in less than 72 hours, the military said Saturday, as Ankara vowed further action.
Rockets struck 70 People’s Protection Units (YPG) targets Friday, the Turkish armed forces said in a statement that did not reveal whether any militia fighters had been killed.
The strikes came after two Ankara-backed Syrian opposition fighters were injured when YPG forces opened fire south of the flashpoint town of Jarabulus, the military said.
Turkey views Syria’s YPG and Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) as terror groups linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), staging an insurgency in Turkey since 1984.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoğlu threatened further action against the YPG and PYD, saying that if they “continued to attack (Syrian opposition fighters) fighting against Daesh”, the Islamic State group, Turkey would “do what is necessary”.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Friday the US was making a mistake supporting the Syrian Kurdish fighters.
“Unfortunately their use by the United States against Daesh (IS) and being supplied with arms is a big mistake. We have made it clear to them,” he said.