23rd November, 2022
Türkiye has launched air and ground attacks in northern Syria and northern Iraq, hitting 471 targets and neutralizing 254 “terrorists”, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday.
“The operation continues with punishing fires carried out by air and ground fire support vehicles,” the semi-official news outlet Anadolu Agency quoted Akar as saying.
An aerial operation was mounted on Sunday against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. Turkish authorities often use the term “neutralize” to imply that “terrorists” are killed, wounded, or captured in security operations.
The aerial operation, dubbed “Operation Claw-Sword,” was launched after a bomb explosion in Türkiye’s largest city Istanbul on Nov. 13 that killed at least six people and injured another 81.
After the attack, Turkish police said they had detained a Syrian woman named Ahlam Albashir, who admitted to taking orders from the YPG, which Ankara deemed the Syrian branch of the PKK.
The PKK, listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the United States and the European Union, has rebelled against the Turkish government for over three decades.