Turkey will continue targeting Kurdish forces in Syria: PM
Iran Press TV
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:5AM
Turkey says it will continue targeting forces of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria despite rising international pressure to halt the shelling.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made the remarks during a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday.
According to a statement released by the Davutoglu's office, Ankara 'will not permit the PYD to carry out aggressive acts. Our security forces gave the necessary response and will continue to do so.'
Over the weekend, Turkey shelled positions of PYD and its affiliate, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), in northern Syria, claiming its actions to be of a retaliatory nature.
Earlier, France and the US called on Turkey to halt its artillery bombardment.
Ankara considers the PYD as an ally of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.
Davutoglu claimed that Syrian Kurdish forces were advancing under the support of the Russian air force.
The YPG, which controls nearly all of Syria's northern border with Turkey, has been fighting against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
Daesh terrorists, who have been wreaking havoc in Syria, Iraq and miles further in Libya, were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government. Ankara has reportedly provided support for the Takfiri militants operating inside Syria.
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