Turkish air strikes against IS

Turkish air strikes against IS

Turkish air strikes against IS
Turkish F 16
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Even military camp of Kurdish rebels attacked in Iraq. The Turkish air force has been targeted on Friday according to media reports again positions the organisation Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The fighter jets of the type F-16 lifted in the evening from the airbase Diyarbakir in the southeast of the country, such as the CNN-Turk and NTV reported. In addition, the Turkish Air Force flew attacks on military camps of Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, as a spokesman for the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) announced. The PKK announced then to the ceasefire with the Turkish government.

Already in the early morning, the Turkish aircraft bombed positions of the IS-extremists in neighboring Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights At least nine IS-fighters were killed and twelve injured. The military operation against the IS had achieved his goal and will continue, said Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu after the first bombing.

It was the first time that the Turkish Armed Forces flew attacks on IS-positions in Syria, since the militia had taken last summer much of the country. On Thursday Turkish tanks had already shelled positions of the jihadists in Syria. Previously, a Turkish soldier was killed by gunfire from the neighboring country.

Retaliation for Suruc-stop
The air raids on the IS-positions mark a turning point in dealing with the Turkey Dschihadistenmiliz. The Islamic-conservative government in Ankara had been criticized for a long time for doing too little against the jihadists. Turkey has not participated in the US-led air strikes against the IS in Syria. Reason for the now open conflict with the Ankara IS is especially the momentous attack on Monday killed 32 people in the southern Turkish Suruc in which and about a hundred others were injured. The suicide attack is the IS attributed.

The German government praised Ankara's application against the jihadists. "It is important that the countries of the region committed to the IS-terror and stand on religious boundaries against this barbaric terrorist," said Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) of the "Bild" newspaper. After months of negotiations, Turkey also allowed the US to use the Incirlik airbase.

New escalation of PKK?
The Turkish government has the new air raids on the Jihadistenmiliz "Islamic State" (IS) in Syria and Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq officially confirmed. The Air Force had positions of the IS in Syria and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq bombed the office of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.

In northern Iraq, therefore targets were attacked as shelters and arms depots of the PKK. Among the places mentioned are the Qandil Mountains, where the Kurdish fighters have their headquarters. In addition to air raids and artillery shelling of Turkish ground forces were made.

The PKK has been terminated as a reaction to the cease-fire with the Turkish government. After the air raid on PKK camps in northern Iraq in the night on Saturday, he had become meaningless, the PKK said on its website. The two sides had begun in 2012 peace talks. Here also a cease-fire and a withdrawal of PKK fighters from Turkey agreed to northern Iraq. The peace process is in the context of mutual distrust but currently on hold.

Nearly 300 arrests
In response to the recent violence, the Turkish police went on Friday with anti-terror raids in 13 provinces against suspected extremists. In total, nearly 600 people were arrested for terrorism charges. Except to the IS and the PKK, the raids directed against the PKK youth organization (YDG-H), and against the Marxist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). A female member of Marxist Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) .The DHKP-C has been killed, according to the Anatolia news agency in a shootout with police in Istanbul.

In the evening we arrived there during protests against the IS-militia clashes between demonstrators and police. The forces used tear gas and rubber bullets in front against the participants of the rally. This condemned the assassination in Suruc and accused the government of tolerating IS fighters in Turkey. On Saturday, the main pro-Kurdish party HDP called for a large "march of peace" in Istanbul. Are expected thousands of people and a wide array of security forces.
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