Turkey Begins Offensive on Kurdish Militias After Attacks


(Bloomberg) — Turkey started its largest offensive in months in opposition to Kurdish rebels throughout its borders, after its military got here below assault from militants and confronted hostile hearth from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Turkish forces killed 28 Kurdish militants after they carried out two separate assaults from hideouts in Syria and Iraq that left 4 Turkish troops lifeless, the state information company Anadolu reported.

Saturday’s cross-border offensive marked one of many deadliest days lately for the Turkish navy, which carried out the assault together with the Free Syrian Military, a insurgent group supported by Turkey.

The clashes additionally spotlight tensions over U.S. backing for the YPG, the Syrian Kurdish insurgent group accountable for the loss of life of a Turkish lieutenant earlier within the day. Three different Turkish troops had been killed when the PKK, a separate Kurdish militia, shelled a navy unit inside Turkey from positions in northern Iraq.

Additional south in Idlib in Syria, Assad’s forces shelled an space close to a Turkish navy outpost, damaging a wall on the periphery of the compound and wounding two Turkish troopers, state media stated. Three Turkish helicopters arrived on the scene shortly after the assault whereas a navy airplane offered air assist, Anadolu stated.

(Updates with Turkish navy operations, assaults in Syria.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Onur Ant in Istanbul at [email protected]

To contact the editors accountable for this story: Alaa Shahine at [email protected], Ian Fisher, Virginia Van Natta

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