Published: Tue, April 25, 2017
Business | By Pat Ferguson

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


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 statement said the strikes were aimed at preventing the outlawed group from sending weapons, explosives and fighters for attacks inside Turkey.

The air bombardment was carried out around 02.00 a.m. (2300 GMT) local time, it added.

The YPG said the strikes hit a media center.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Turkey carried out "dozens of simultaneous air strikes" on YPG positions in Hasakeh province overnight, confirming that a media centre was hit.

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The PKK established a presence in Sinjar after coming to the aid of the region's Yazidi population when Islamic State militants overran the area and purged its Yazidi population in the summer of 2014.

General Seme Bosali, a senior Kurdish military commander in Sinjar, said the air strike had killed five Kurdish peshmerga fighters. "Coalition forces must not remain silent against this", he said.

PKK - listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the USA, and European Union - resumed its armed campaign against Turkey in July 2015 and since then has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,200 security personnel and civilians, including women and children.

Syria's war has killed more than 320,000 people since it began with protests in 2011 that were violently repressed by the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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