Thursday, October 20, 2016

Turkish airstrikes kill up to 200 PKK/PYD terrorists

Strikes by Turkish warplanes killed up to 200 PKK/PYD terrorists in northern Syria, the Turkish military said Thursday.

In a statement, the Turkish General Staff said between 160 and 200 members of the terror group were killed in airstrikes carried out as part of Operation Euphrates Shield.

The statement gave no precise location for the attacks but the PKK/PYD has recently been attempting to take Al-Bab, a city around 37 kilometers (23 miles) northeast of Aleppo, in a bid to unite two areas it controls -- Afrin and Manbij.

According to a local source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, this brought the group into conflict with the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Turkish military did not give a timeframe for the air raids but said 18 targets were destroyed in attacks that saw jets drop 26 bombs. The targets included nine buildings being used as a headquarters, shelters and an arsenal as well as an armored car, two armed vehicles and two unarmed vehicles, the statement said.

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