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Oct 28 2018

Turkey strikes Kurdish positions East of Euphrates in northern Syria

The Turkish Armed Forces struck People’s Protection Units (YPG) targets in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River on Sunday, Associated Press reported.

Artillery strikes hit positions belonging to the YPG in Zor Moghar, the agency said, detailing that the village in northern Aleppo’s countryside is across the Euphrates that separates Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces and the YPG, which Ankara says is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed group that has been in war in Turkey for over 30 years, and considers a terror organization.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish Hawar news agency has also reported the shelling, with no reference to casualties.

The attack follows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s repeated warnings of expanding military operations along the Syrian border to clear it of “terror,” referring to Kurdish militants. 

Washington and Ankara do not agree on the YPG, which forms the backbone of the  US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition which is fighting against the Islamic State in the region.