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Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria

Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria

The YPG said in a statement its headquarters in Mount Karachok near Malikiya had been hit, including a media centre, a local radio station, communications facilities and military institutions.

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has carried out airstrikes against PKK terrorists near northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and areas in Karaçok Mountain in northeastern Syria, according to a statement released by the Turkish General Staff on Tuesday.

Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant positions in Iraq and Syria in an operation meant to disrupt the rebels' supply lines and prevent them from infiltrating Turkey. Kurdish officials were not immediately available for comment.

ISTANBUL/ERBIL The Turkish military bombed Kurdish militants in Iraq's Sinjar region and in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, widening a campaign against groups affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

A statement issued by Turkish military says the targets located at Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq and in a mountainous region in Syria.

The air operation was conducted "within the scope of the worldwide law" and "with the aim of destroying the hot beds of terrorism which target the unity, integrity, and safety of our country and nation", the statement said. The claim could not be independently confirmed. The Syrian Kurdish forces, backed by the US -led coalition, are closing in on IS de facto capital, the city of Raqqa.

Turkey has called on the U.S.to end support for Syrian Kurdish groups including YPG, which the American administration sees as a key ally in the fight against Islamic State.

"By this attack, Turkey is trying to undermine Raqqa operation, give (IS) time to reorganize and put in danger lives of thousands of" displaced, the YPG said on its Twitter account.


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