Jan 20 2018

Turkey’s armed forces hit Kurdish targets in Syria

Turkey’s military bombed Kurdish forces in Afrin, Syria on Friday and Saturday, state-run Anadolu agency said.

Military units hit shelters and hideouts of the PKK/PYD terrorist organisations in response to harassment fire, Anadolu said, citing a statement by the armed forces.

The operation was carried out using Turkey’s legitimate right to self defence, the statement said.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is a Turkey-based militant group recognised as terrorist by Turkey, the United States and European Union. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is being armed by the United States to support operations against ISIS, is affiliated with the PKK.

Turkey has threatened to send troops into norhern Syria to wipe out Kurdish forces there, putting it at loggerheads with U.S. policy.