12 pro-regime soldiers and Kurdish forces killed in Turkish raids

“The hour of accounts has come!”, declared on Twitter the Turkish Ministry of Defense, showing the photo of a plane taking off for a night operation.

On Saturday evening, Turkish raids against several positions in northern and northeastern Syria killed at least six members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in addition to six pro-regime soldiers, according to the Syrian Observatory. human rights (OSDH).

The attack comes after Ankara blamed the Kurdish PKK movement for a attack that bloodied Istanbul. On November 13, an explosion in the busy shopping street of Istiklal killed six people and injured more than 80. The authorities immediately designated the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the YPG (People’s Protection Units), a Kurdish militia active in Syria, accused by Turkey of being affiliated with the PKK.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu had specifically accused the Kurdish YPG forces, which control most of northeastern Syria, of being responsible for the attack, saying “that the order for the attack was given from Kobané“. The US State Department said on Friday that it fearedpossible military action by Turkey“, advising its nationals not to go to northern Syria and Iraq.

Settling scores

Kobane, the city that defeated the Islamic State, is the target of bombardments by Turkish occupation aircraft“, announced Saturday evening Farhad Shami, a spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, armed coalition dominated by the Kurds).

The hour of reckoning has come!said the Turkish Ministry of Defense on Twitter. “The bastards will be held accountable for their treacherous attacks“, Continues the message broadcast in the night from Saturday to Sunday on the official account. “The nests of terror are razed by precision strikes“Adds another message, posted with a video showing the definition of a target followed by an explosion, still without specifying the place where the attack takes place.

The bombings targeted SDF sites in the provinces of Aleppo (north) and Hassaké (northeast), the director of the NGO, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP. The raids also targeted positions where Syrian regime forces are deployed in the two governorates of Raqqa (north) and Hassaké, killing six members of the SDF and six members of the regime.

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