Turkish Forces Reportedly Strike Syrian Kurdish YPG Militia Positions
15:20 28.10.2018(updated 16:00 28.10.2018)
Addressing the issue earlier in October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to clear the area east of the Euphrates River in Syria from Kurdish militia, which is regarded by Ankara as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey.
The bombardment targeted the Zor Magar area, which is located to the west of Syria's Ayn al-Arab region and was aimed at preventing "terrorist activities," the Anadolou news agency reported.
Commenting on the situation in the region, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar stated that Ankara would not allow "the creation of a terror corridor" near the Turkish border, ranking the Kurdish PYD and YPG groups among the threats to the country.
Earlier this year, Ankara carried out an offensive against YPG forces in Syria's Afrin during a military operation called Olive Branch, which was followed by numerous raids against the Kurdish militia
in Syria and northern Iraq. Damascus has repeatedly condemned the unauthorized operations on Syrian territory and stated that Turkey has been violating the country's sovereignty.
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