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Iran Press TV

Turkey continues attacking northern Syria for 2nd day

Iran Press TV

Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:2AM

The Turkish military has reportedly shelled positions of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria for the second day.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday's strikes left two YPG members dead as the Turkish army bombarded YPG targets in Aleppo, calling on the Kurdish forces to withdraw from the areas they had recently recaptured from Takfiri terrorists in northern Syria.

The move came a few days after the Kurdish fighters, backed by Russian air raids, drove foreign-backed militants from the Menagh air base near the Turkish frontier.

The YPG, which controls nearly all of Syria's northern border with Turkey, has been fighting against Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.

Ankara accuses Syrian Kurdish group Democratic Union Party, also known as the PYD, and its military wing, the YPG, of having links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group that has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defended Saturday's raids, arguing, "We will retaliate against every step [by the YPG]."

The remarks came hours after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Saudi Arabia and his country could launch a ground operation in Syria.

Turkey has been among the main supporters of the militant groups operating in Syria, with reports saying that Ankara actively trains and arms the Takfiri terrorists there and facilitates their safe passage into the conflict-ridden Arab country.

Turkey has also been accused on numerous occasions of being involved in illegal oil trade with Daesh. Russia has released pictures and videos purportedly showing the movement of oil tankers from Daesh-controlled areas in Syria toward Turkey.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of some 470,000 people and left 1.9 million injured, according to the Syrian Center for Policy Research.

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