Turkey shells DAESH positions in northern Syria

Turkish army reportedly targets many DAESH positions in northern Syria shelling headquarters, weapon pits, and on vehicle launching platforms of group

Photo by: AA (Archive)
Photo by: AA (Archive)

Turkish armed forces shelling DAESH positions in northern Syria

The Turkish military has struck DAESH positions inside Syria with artillery, Turkey’s semi-official Anadolu Agency has reported on Monday.

Forty artillery rounds were fired by the military on targets to the north of Aleppo as part of the US-led coalition's offensive against the terrorist group, the report said.

Turkish Armed Forces have hit the group's headquarters, weapon pits, and on vehicle launching platforms according to Anadolu Agency. 

Turkey also previously fired artillery rounds on YPG positions in northern Syria for more than a week.

YPG is the militant wing of PYD which is considered by Turkey as the Syrian affiliate of the PKK. 

Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern and eastern regions by the PKK which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, NATO, and the EU.  

Since Feb. 12, Turkey has been intermittently shelling YPG targets in northern Syria near its border, saying that it has been retaliating against artillery fire from YPG forces across the border.

In response to the increasing PKK and DAESH attacks, Turkish security forces have stepped up efforts against the terrorist groups. The country has launched air strikes and shelled the groups' positions in northern Iraq and Syria since late July.

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