In response to the Istanbul bombing, Turkish planes target bases of Kurdish militants in northern Syria and Iraq

The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that its fighters carried out raids late on Saturday evening on strongholds of what it described as terrorist organizations in northern Syria and Iraq, in reference to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, and its allies. said in a tweet that the operation aimed at retribution for what she described as a treacherous attack, referring to the explosion that occurred last week in Istanbul, which resulted in deaths and injuries.

The ministry also said that the process is based on Article 51 of the United Nations Charter, which provides for the legitimate right to self-defense.

A statement by the Turkish Ministry of Defense said that the operation resulted in the destruction of 89 targets belonging to what it described as terrorist organizations, referring to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and its allies.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that the air strikes carried out by the Turkish forces on sites in the “Ayn al-Arab” region in northeastern Syria and in northern Iraq succeeded in destroying the sites and headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which he described as terrorist organizations.

On the other hand, Reuters quoted a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces – whose backbone is the Kurdish People’s Protection Units – that Turkish planes bombed two villages inhabited by the displaced.

Last night, the “Syrian Forces” accused Turkey of launching air strikes on the city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab), in raids that come days after Ankara accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party of being behind the detonation of an explosive device in Istanbul, based on what it considered orders issued from Kobani.

Turkish authorities had arrested a woman who said she had received training from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units. It also announced that the explosion that occurred on the famous tourist Istiklal Street in the center of Istanbul on November 13 is a “terrorist act” and left at least 6 dead and dozens injured.

Later, the Public Security Directorate in Istanbul announced that the bomber, Ahlam al-Bashir, 23, had confessed during the investigation to her affiliation with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in Syria, and that the instructions came from the Syrian city of Ain al-Arab (Kobani).

On the other hand, the Turkish Ministry of Interior rejected the condolences of the US embassy, ​​and Turkish Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu said that his country does not accept the condolences offered by the US embassy after the bombing on Istiklal Street, stressing that “those who support terrorist organizations in northern Syria are the ones who carried out the attack against Turkey.” .

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