Turkey Ramping up Attacks on Kurds

Reuters news agency reports today that with newly expanded powers, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan continues to attack ethnic Kurds in Syria and within his own border. The Turkish military said they killed 11 ethnic Kurds near their border with Syria. The Turkish military said they were returning fire due to a “rocket attack” coming from an area thought to be controlled by Kurds. There was no mention in the report of any casualties or damage suffered by the Turkish outpost.

In another statement Friday, the Turkish military said they killed five Kurdish men and five Kurdish women in operations in the southeastern province of Tunceli, Turkey. Turkey states those killed were members of the Kurdish YPG militia which they view as an extension of the PKK or Kurdistan Workers’ Party. The PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey and the European Union. It was also designated as a foreign terrorist organization by former US President Bill Clinton’s administration in 1997.

Reuters report found here.

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