Turkey launches Operation Claw-Sword against SDF, PKK, YPG
Reports that Turkey has carried out several raids on the armed opposition faction Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) sites in Raqqa and the two countrysides of Hasakah and Aleppo in Syria, as well as Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in Iraq.
Turkey has launched Operation Claw-Sword with air raids targeting the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in both Iraq and Syria according to Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, while Al Mayadeen's sources noted attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as well.
"We are starting Operation Claw-Sword from now on," Akar said before the planes left their bases to hit the targets.
Furthermore, Akar said "Terrorists' shelters, bunkers, and caves were cracked down," adding "The claws of our Turkish armed forces were once again on the top of the terrorists."
According to Al Mayadeen sources, the raids also targeted positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Mount Karachuk and a power station in the vicinity of the city of Al-Malikiyah, northeast of Al-Hasakah.
"Turkish raids were carried out on silos in the town of Dahr al-Arab in the Darbasiyah countryside, northwest of Hasakah," the sources noted.
In a related context, Turkey carried out air raids targeting sites of SDF militants in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
The Turkish warplanes also targeted a site of the SDF in Khafiyyat Al-Salem silos, west of Ain Issa district, north of Raqqa.
Al Mayadeen's correspondent in Syria reported that a Turkish military convoy entered the northern countryside of Aleppo, after Turkish raids on SDF positions in the countrysides of Aleppo and Raqqa, while our correspondent in Iraq said that the strikes launched by Turkey this morning targeted regions in Sulaymaniyah and Erbil.
For its part, the SDF accused Turkey, on Saturday night, of launching airstrikes on the city of Ayn al-Arab. The raids come days after Ankara accused the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) of being behind the Istanbul attack.