10:43 GMT +324 July 2019
Listen Live
    Turkish soldiers sit on a tank driving to Syria from the Turkish Syrian border city of Karkamis in the southern region of Gaziantep, on August 27, 2016

    Turkish Army Destroys Over 50 Kurdish Self-Defense Forces' Targets

    © AFP 2019 / BULENT KILIC
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    6818

    Turkish military forces hit 51 positions of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria, according to the statement of Turkey's General Staff.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) – Turkish military forces conducted attacks on eight targets of the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh, banned in Russia) terrorist group and 51 units of the Kurdish self-defense forces in the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, Turkey's General Staff said Sunday.

    "Our Armed Forces hit eight IS positions and 51 positions of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Syrian opposition continues conducting operation on driving PYD militants out of the three settlements to the south of the city of Marea. The fighting resulted in deaths of four and injuries of 20 opposition fighters. Three PYD militants were eliminated," the Turkish Defense Ministry said.

    According to the General Staff, Turkish airstrikes resulted in elimination of 11 Daesh militants and destruction of four Daesh-controlled buildings.

    On August 24, Turkish forces, backed by US-led coalition aircraft, began a military operation dubbed Euphrates Shield aimed at freeing the territory of 1,931 square miles from terrorists and creating security zones for accommodation of refugees.

    Ankara considers PYD, and its military wing YPG (People's Protection Units) operating in Syria an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Turkey.

    Related:

    Syrian Military Says Turkish Army's Presence in Syria is Sign of Aggression
    Moscow Concerned Over Turkish Airstrikes on Kurdish Positions in Syria - Lavrov
    Turkish Army Destroys 46 Daesh, Kurdish Forces' Positions in Northern Syria
    Syrian Kurds Call for Designating Turkey-Backed Syrian Opposition as Terrorists
    Tags:
    Operation Euphrates Shield, Daesh, Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), Syria, Turkey
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik