Turkish army howitzers stationed inside Turkey shelled Daesh targets in Syria’s Jarablous and the PKK’s Syrian affiliate PYD in northern Manbij late Monday, a Turkish official said, stating that their presence in Jarablous was “unacceptable.”
Speaking to Daily Sabah on condition of anonimity, the official said that Turkey is taking military precautions regarding the developments in Jarablous and that the prime target was Daesh itself, not PYD.
The official said that the presence of Daesh or the Syrian wing of the PKK in the Syrian town on the Turkish border was “unacceptable.”
The official also said that the U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition forces were informed about the Turkish strike on PYD targets in Manbij.
The Turkish military launched artillery strikes on Daesh and PYD positions in northern Syria, hitting the targets about 20 times “to open a corridor for the moderate opposition,” another official told Reuters.
Ankara has frequently voiced its concern over YPG activity, the armed wing of the PYD, along the Turkish border and has been rigid in its stance to not allow the PYD militant group to found any de facto Kurdish state in northern Syria. Turkey claims the PYD enjoys close connections with the PKK, including militant and ammunition support through underground tunnels.
Earlier Monday, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reiterated that Turkey was determined to fight Daesh terrorists inside Turkey and in Syria, after a suicide bomber attacked a wedding party, killing at least 54 people, many of them children.
Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey would provide every kind of support needed to “cleanse” Turkey’s border with Syria of the terrorists.
Source: Daily Sabah