ürkiye claims first success in operation in Syria


Nearly 200 “terrorists” have been neutralized, Defense Minister Akar told President Erdogan

Turkish air and artillery strikes “neutralized” 184 “terrorists” in northern Iraq and Syria, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday. Akar paid a visit to the Army Command Center, accompanied by the top Turkish officers, to receive a briefing on the progress of ‘Operation Claw-Sword’.

Akar stated this at the launch of the air strikes on Sunday “a day of reckoning” had come for the Kurdish militias in the two regions. Monday the Turkish army revealed that artillery had also joined.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense published photos and video van Akar’s visit to the military headquarters, together with the army, air force and navy commanders and the chief of the general staff.

The November 13 Istiklal Avenue bombing in Istanbul killed six people and injured 81. Police have detained dozens of suspects, including a woman who allegedly left a bag containing the explosive on Istiklal Avenue. Türkiye claimed she was acting on behalf of the YPG in Syria.

US-backed Kurdish militias control much of northeastern Syria, and Ankara claims to work closely with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been declared a terrorist organization by Türkiye.

Turkish troops have not yet crossed the Syrian or Iraqi border, though Erdogan told reporters on Sunday that “Claw-Sword” will not be limited to airstrikes alone.

Ankara claimed the use of artillery was in response to Kurdish shelling of Karkamis, in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. Several mortar shells came down on the Turkish side of the border, killing three civilians and damaging a school and two homes, local authorities said.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish ‘Rojava Information Center’ reported 11 dead and nine wounded civilians, along with three Kurdish fighters and “heavy casualties” under the Syrian Arab army, whose border post was allegedly attacked.

Aram Hanna, a spokesperson for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Türkiye of “war crimes” and said it was done by the Air Force “double tap” strikes, aimed at rescuers arriving at the scene of the first attack.

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