“184 terrorists neutralized”: Turkey reports first success in operation in Syria and Iraq

According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, almost 200 “terrorists” have been neutralized during Ankara’s offensive in Syria and northern Iraq. The Turkish army carried out airstrikes on Kurdish autonomous regions on Sunday.

Air and artillery strikes by the Turkish army have “neutralized” 184 “terrorists” in Syria and northern Iraq, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday. Accompanied by senior Turkish officers, Akar visited the Land Forces Command Center to learn about the progress of Operation Swordclaw.

"Hour of reckoning": Turkey attacks Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq

“Hour of reckoning”: Turkey attacks Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq

On Sunday, the Turkish army carried out massive airstrikes on Kurdish autonomous regions in northern Syria and northern Iraq. When the airstrikes were announced, Akar said that “the hour of reckoning” had come for the Kurdish militias in the two regions. On Monday, the Turkish military then announced that the artillery had also taken part. According to the Defense Ministry in Ankara, the operations were directed against the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK and the Syrian Kurdish militia YPG.

Now the ministry has released photos and videos of the Turkish Defense Minister’s visit to the Armed Forces Headquarters, along with the commanders of the Army, Air Force and Navy, and the Chief of the General Staff.

The Turkish military offensive was carried out in response to the recent terrorist attack in Istanbul. The November 13 bombing on İstiklal Avenue killed six people and wounded 81 others. The Turkish police then arrested dozens of suspects, including a woman who is said to have left a bag with the explosive device. Ankara claimed the 23-year-old acted on orders from the YPG militia in Syria.

US-backed Kurdish militias control much of northeastern Syria. Ankara claims the YPG, the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdish Workers’ Party, works closely with the PKK, which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.

Turkey suspects "Kurdish terrorists" behind the attack in Istanbul - first arrests

Turkey suspects “Kurdish terrorists” behind the attack in Istanbul – first arrests

In the current military offensive, Turkish troops have not yet crossed the Syrian or Iraqi borders, although Erdoğan told reporters on Sunday that Operation Sword Claw is not limited to airstrikes.

Ankara said the use of artillery was in response to Kurdish shelling of the city of Karkamış in the southeastern province of Gaziantep. Several mortar shells fell on the Turkish side of the border, killing three civilians. At the same time, a school and two houses were damaged, according to the local authorities.

Meanwhile, the Kurdish Rojava Information Center reported 11 dead and nine injured civilians along with three Kurdish fighters. At the same time, there are “heavy losses” in the Syrian Arab Army, whose border post was allegedly hit.

Aram Hanna, a spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), accused Turkey of “war crimes” and said the Turkish air force made “double strikes” on rescue workers arriving at the scene of the first attack.

Turkish interior minister on the attack: "We have received the message"

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Turkish interior minister on the attack: “We have received the message”

The Russian special representative for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, meanwhile, according to the Russian news agency TASS explains that Moscow will “call on its Turkish colleagues” to exercise restraint “in order to prevent an escalation of tensions not only in the north and north-east of Syria, but throughout the country”.

As the diplomat continued according to the TASSreport has stated that in recent months, when the Turkish President announced his intention to conduct an operation in Syria, the Russian Federation “did everything possible to prevent it, to at least prevent a large-scale offensive army operation before place is carried out”. Moscow has succeeded in doing this, and it is hoped that “it will be possible to persuade our Turkish partners not to use excessive force on Syrian territory,” Lavrentiev said loudly TASS.

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