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Turkey Threatens to Broaden Strikes in Syria, Iraq

Turkey warned Wednesday it may step up air strikes in opposition to Kurdish targets in Syria and Iraq after concluding that militants who staged a weekend assault in Ankara got here from the nation.

Turkey convened a prime nationwide safety assembly Wednesday to arrange its response to Sunday’s assault.

Turkish police shot lifeless one of many assailants whereas the opposite died in an obvious suicide blast outdoors Turkey’s inside ministry.

Two policemen have been injured within the incident.

A department of the Kurdistan Employees’ Occasion (PKK) — listed as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies — claimed duty for the primary such incident in Ankara since 2016.

“Because of the work of our safety forces, it has change into clear that the 2 terrorists got here from Syria and have been educated there,” International Minister Hakan Fidan mentioned in televised remarks.

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“Any more, all infrastructure, giant services and vitality services belonging to (armed Kurdish teams) in Iraq and Syria are legit targets for our safety forces.”

Turkey performed air raids in opposition to PKK targets in Iraq hours later.

Iraqi Protection Minister Thabet al-Abbasi will go to Ankara on Thursday for talks with counterpart Yasar Guler, Turkey’s Anadolu state information company mentioned.

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Fidan’s feedback recommend that Turkey may intensify its drone and artillery strikes in Syria, the place Ankara has forces and helps teams preventing the Kurds.

Syria’s Kurds have carved out a semi-autonomous space within the nation’s north and east.

US-supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — the Kurds’ de facto military within the space — led the battle that dislodged Islamic State group fighters from the final scraps of their Syrian territory in 2019.

However Turkey views the Kurdish Folks’s Safety Items (YPG) that dominate the SDF as an offshoot of the PKK.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a sequence of armed incursion into Syria and, extra not too long ago, threatened to increase assaults in opposition to the YPG.