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    Turkish Troops Repel Attack on Southeastern Border Post, Kill 11 YPG Militants

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    Turkish servicemen killed at least 11 militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), the military branch of Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), on Friday, following a YPG attack on a border post in southeastern Turkey.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A group of YPG fighters attacked a military border station in the Sanliurfa province, however their offensive was repulsed, the Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Friday, citing a Turkish military statement.

    The news outlet added that the Turkish soldiers had also destroyed a vehicle carrying militants.

    Tensions between Ankara and the Kurds heightened in July 2015 when a ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) collapsed over a series of terror attacks allegedly committed by PKK members.

    Ankara regards the PYD and the YPG as affiliates of the PKK, which is listed as a terror group in Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

    However, the PYD and the YPG, as well as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been receiving support from the United States in fighting Daesh, a terrorist group outlawed in Russia.


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