Turkish airstrikes kill up to 200 PKK/PYD extremists

Overnight strikes in northern Syria sees Turkish Air Force hit 36 targets, military says

Turkish airstrikes kill up to 200 PKK/PYD extremists

World Bulletin / News Desk

Strikes by Turkish warplanes killed up to 200 PKK/PYD extremists in northern Syria, the Turkish military said Thursday.

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said between 160 and 200 members of the extrem group were killed in airstrikes carried out as part of Operation Euphrates Shield.

The statement gave no precise location for the attacks but the PKK/PYD has recently been attempting to take Al-Bab, a city around 37 kilometers (23 miles) northeast of Aleppo, in a bid to unite two areas it controls -- Afrin and Manbij.

According to a local source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, this brought the group into conflict with the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Turkish military did not give a timeframe for the air raids but said 18 targets were destroyed in attacks that saw jets drop 26 bombs. The targets included nine buildings being used as a headquarters, shelters and an arsenal as well as an armored car, two armed vehicles and two unarmed vehicles, the statement said.

In an earlier statement issued Thursday, the military said another 11 stationary targets and seven moving targets were destroyed in raids carried out between 9.11 p.m. and 11.59 p.m. local time (1811 and 2059GMT) Wednesday.

The PKK and its Syrian offshoot the PYD are both listed as extremist groups by Turkey although the U.S. and EU only view the PKK as a extremist organization.

Operation Euphrates Shield was launched in August to rid the north Syrian border area of extremists. The campaign has seen both ISIL and the PKK/PYD targeted by the FSA and Turkish tanks, artillery and aircraft.

The PKK resumed its decades-old armed campaign in July last year. Since then, PKK extremist attacks martyred more than 700 security personnel and also claimed the lives of many civilians, including women and children, while nearly 8,000 PKK extremists were killed in army operations.

 

 
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