dglobalnews.com Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria
Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

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

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

Three members of a United States-backed Kurdish militia have been killed when Turkish warplanes bombed their bases in northern Syria, a monitor says.

The decision to hit positions held by the PKK across Turkey's borders was made after a slew of attacks against military outposts near borders with Iraq and Syria, the military said.

The two regions have become "terror hubs", the Turkish army said, with the PKK frequently using these areas to channel militants, weapons, bombs and ammunition into Turkey.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has for months said the PKK has taken a foothold in Sinjar region in Iraq's northwest, around 115 km (71 miles) from the Turkish border, and that Ankara would not allow the group to expand its activities there.

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However, Kurdish sources said that five Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed by accident during a Turkish strike on a nearby PKK position. Turkey has long claimed that the area was becoming a hotbed for PKK rebels.

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. The Kurdish group, which has led an insurgency in southeast Turkey since 1984, is considered a terror organization by Turkey and its allies.

"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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