Turkish Jets Bomb North Syrian ‘Afrin’

تم نشره في Sat 20 January / Jan 2018. 01:00 AM
  • Turkish war planes hit Kurdish positions on the Syrian side of the border on Saturday - (AFP)

CAPITALS — Turkish war planes have launched air strikes on Kurdish militants in northern Syria, in a move likely to cause tensions with the US.

Turkey wants to oust the Kurds, which it calls terrorists, from Afrin region which lies across its southern border.

Some Kurdish groups are allies of the US against ISIS.

Russia has moved its troops away from Afrin, saying it is concerned but will not interfere. Syria denounced Turkey's "aggression" and "brutal attack".

Turkey had been shelling the area for two days, ahead of its declaration of a military operation on Saturday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey has notified all actors involved - including the Syrian government - about the offensive. Syria denied this was the case.