Turkey says it has “neutralized” 184 suspected Kurdish guerrillas
The Government of Turkey has affirmed this Tuesday that its bombardments have knocked out 184 alleged Kurdish guerrillas in northern Syria and Iraq, while artillery attacks against cities in northern Syria continue on Tuesday. “Our fight will continue until the last terrorist is neutralized,” said the Turkish Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, after assuring that “184 terrorists have been neutralized” since the start of the aforementioned operation. ;n, called “Sword Claw”. In the official language of Turkey, “neutralized” means that they have been “out of action”, that is, they have been He was killed, wounded or captured.
Akar gave the provisional balance of the air operation launched last weekend Last night the army commanders informed him of its evolution under the name “Garra Espada” after being informed last night. The attacks target the Syrian Kurdish militia People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and the alleged positions of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq. Ankara classifies as terrorists not only the outlawed PKK, also considered a terrorist by Washington and Brussels, but also the YPG militias, allies of the US in the fight against the jihadist group Islamic State.
The Turkish press has presented the bombing campaign launched at dawn last Saturday as a reprisal for the terrorist attack that on Sunday, November 13, caused six dead in Istanbul and which Ankara attributes to the YPG, which it considers to be the Syrian branch of the PKK. Both groups have denied their involvement in the attack.
“We will hold them (the PKK/YPG) responsible for all the atrocities they committed in Istanbul last week,” the minister was quoted as saying by the agency. Anadolu official. The minister added: which also holds the Syrian Kurdish militias from rocket attacks fired from Syria on Monday, killing two and injuring six in southern Turkey. The Iraqi regions of Kandil, Asos, Hakurk, and the Syrians of Arap Spring, Manbij, Zor Cave, Tel Rifat, Cizire and Derik, were the targets hit by Turkish air forces in the operation underway, stressed
The minister highlighted He stated that these actions will continue in accordance with what was ordered by the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and predicted that they would continue to do so. what will increase the the number of “neutralized terrorists”. According to the daily Hürriyet, the Turkish government is not ruling out the possibility of launching a new ground operation in Syria, where its troops are already present, He said they have been fighting Kurdish militias in a border strip for years.
“All known targets were hit with ground forces fire support vehicles and our air forces' aircraft.” areas, and they continue to be hit,” stressed Akar. According to Anadolu, “Artillery strikes were underway on Tuesday morning against determined targets in northern Syria, and the sounds of artillery fire could be heard from Syrian border towns of Kilis and Karkamis”.