09:17 GMT10 May 2021
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    Turkey carried out massive air attacks against Syria and Iraq on Thursday; the official reason is that it is a military response to the recent terrorist attacks in Istanbul, which were carried out by the terrorist group Daesh.

    In the wake of the mysterious recent attack in Istanbul which left at least ten people died, Turkey claims to have launched a major offensive in Iraq and Syria, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) reported.

    An explosion in Istanbul's historical center on Tuesday claimed the lives of at least 10 people, injuring 17 more. Among the victims were at least 10 German nationals.

    Following the attack on tourists in Istanbul, Davutoglu said: "Any attack on Turkey's guests will be punished."

    As Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Thursday, Turkish ground forces attacked "almost 500" Daesh terrorist positions and killed about 200 Islamist fighters within 48 hours.

    The French news agency AFP, however, stated that any official information on the army offensive cannot be verified.

    It remains unknown if Turkey really carried out these attacks and inflicted as many casualties or deaths as they have stated. Moreover, the newspaper claimed, Turkey‘s offensive is more likely to be connected with the intention to stop the Russian-Syrian advance towards the Turkish border, rather than the fight against terrorists.

    In addition, last week, the Turkish army announced to have prevented an attack of Daesh terrorists on the military camp Baschika in northern Iraq. Turkish soldiers use the camp located north of Mosul to train Iraqi militias and are apparently fully determined to further carry out attacks on Daesh positions, despite the fact that its activities were not authorized by Iraqi authorities.

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