Turkey and Kurds battle in Syria

Turkey and Kurds battle in Syria

Ankara, August 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Manolis Kostidis

The Turkish artillery hit Kurdish targets inside Syria in an area near the town Jarablus, killing many civilians in accordance with the announcement of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

In the bombings also took part turkish warplanes, and according to Ankara’s announcement the result was the killing of 25 members of the armed wing of the Syrian Kurds (PYD) whose Ankara describes as “terrorists”.

However, the Syrian Observatory reports that at least 35 civilians were killed by the bombing and 50 others injured.

The Turkish Armed Forces said that “the utmost care was taken so that no civilians were among the victims”, something the Kurds dispute.

On Saturday the Turkish army counted its first victims from the invasion in Syria that began Wednesday.

Men of YPG fired Russian construction Kornet anti-tank missiles and hit two Turkish tanks killing one soldier and wounding two others. The Leopard tanks were destroyed

Ankara conducts operations to simultaneously hit the jihadist Islamic State and Kurdish rebels, as Turkish officials have reiterated many times.

Political analysts believe that if the situation continues it will not be long before a possible armed conflict between Turkish forces and Kurds within Syria with unpredictable results for the region.

“Our goal is to clear the area of terrorist organizations”, said the government spokesman Turkey, Numan Kurtulmus.

The forces of YPG are located in the village Jubb al Kusa, 14 km south of Tzaramplous and the Turkish army turns its fire there.

The newspaper Cumhuriyet mentions that the military operation of Turkey in Syria “does not really target the Islamic State, but the expansion of Kurds west of the Euphrates and to prevent the creation of a single Kurdish zone across northern Syria”.

“Washington was able to profit from the competition between the Kurds and Turkey in Syria. One day they allied with one side and the other day winked to the others. Finally they got they results they wanted. Turks and Kurds began to fight the Islamic State voluntarily. As such, no American soldier’s life was endangered”, says the columnist of Cumhuriyet, Asli Aydintasbas.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Turkey supported the Free Syrian Army and “already in Jarablus are returning its real residents”. This means that the Arabs, not Kurds are occupying the town, causing concerns about the developments in the next days.

Meanwhile, according to Turkish media, Turkish troops killed seven rebels of the PKK in clashes that took place in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border.

In the city of Hakari of southeast Turkey a soldier was killed and three others injured when a mine that had been placed by PKK members exploded.

Headscarf allowed in the Turkish Police

With an amendment, the Turkish government announced the lifting of the ban on Islamic headscarves in Turkish police. Women police officers may wear a headscarf, something which was forbidden up to today. The lifting of the ban on headscarves in the public sector was applied in 2013 but the security forces and the judiciary had been excluded.

At the same time, all military hospitals of the country passed to the jurisdiction of the Turkish Ministry of Health.