Sunday, November 20, 2022

Turkey strikes Kurdish groups in Iraq, Syria

Turkey struck sites belonging to the Kurdish groups in northern Syria and Iraq on Saturday night in response to a recent bombing in Istanbul, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced.

The airstrikes, called Operation Claw-Sword, targeted sites belonging to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK).


Turkey on Saturday carried out airstrikes at the Syrian city of Kobane in the north of the Aleppo province, Agence France-Press reported on Sunday, citing a spokesman of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

"Kobane, the city that defeated ISIS (banned in Russia), is subjected to bombardment by the aircraft of the Turkish occupation," SDF spokesperson Farhad Shami said.

He denied SDF was involved in the recent terrorist attack in Istanbul.


  1. Türkiye conducted an air operation against the PKK/YPG terror group in northern Syria and northern Iraq, the National Defense Ministry said Sunday.

    The Pence-Kilic (Claw-Sword) Air Operation was conducted in northern Iraq and Syria which are used as bases for attacks against Türkiye by terrorists, the ministry said in a statement.

    It said the operation was carried out in line with the right of self-defense arising from Article 51 of the UN Charter.

    "Terror nests are being destroyed with direct hits," it said in an earlier tweet as it shared the first images of the operation.

    It announced the operation on Twitter with a photograph of a Turkish warplane taking off and said: "Time for reckoning! The scoundrels are being held accountable for the treacherous attacks!"

    The operation follows last Sunday's terror attack on Istanbul's crowded Istiklal Avenue that killed at least six and left 81 injured.

    The Turkish government said the attack was carried out by the PKK/YPG terror organization.

    In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the terror group’s Syrian offshoot.

  2. The Turkish defense ministry later said that the operation was carried out in accordance with the right to self-defense under Article 51 of the UN Charter, according to Anadolu.


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