BEIRUT — Turkey launched airstrikes over a number of cities in northern Syria on Saturday, U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces reported.
The airstrikes occurred every week after a bomb rocked a bustling avenue within the coronary heart of Istanbul, killing six folks and wounding over 80 others. Turkish authorities blamed the assault on the outlawed Kurdistan Staff’ Occasion, or PKK, in addition to Syrian Kurdish teams affiliated with it. The Kurdish militants teams have, nevertheless, denied involvement.
Ankara and Washington each think about the PKK a terror group, however disagree on the standing of the Syrian Kurdish teams, which have been allied with the U.S. within the battle towards the Islamic State group in Syria.
The airstrikes focused Kobani, a strategic city close to the Turkish border that Ankara had beforehand tried to overhaul in its plans to set up a “protected zone” alongside northern Syria. SDF spokesperson Farhad Shami in a tweet added that two villages closely populated with displaced folks have been underneath Turkish bombardment.
Syrian opposition media reported that Turkish airstrikes focused Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces positions.
No casualties have been reported.
In neighboring Iraq, the U.S. Consulate Normal in Erbil mentioned it’s monitoring “credible open-source stories” of potential Turkish army motion in northern Syria and northern Iraq within the coming days.
The Kurdish-led authority in northeast Syria mentioned Saturday that if Turkey assaults, then fighters within the space would have “the proper to withstand and defend our areas in a significant approach that can take the area into a protracted struggle.”
Turkey has launched three main cross-border operations into Syria since 2016 and already controls some territories within the north.