Al Arabiya:  Turkish forces shell Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Aleppo: Report

Turkish forces shelled areas under the control of Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory reported on Friday. Turkish military announced in its official  website that 23 “terrorists” who were harassing Turkish-controlled territories in Syria have been eliminated.  Turkish press reported on Friday that preparations for a military campaign  to push back Syrian Kurdish  military-political entity PYD/YPG 30 miles away from the border are 90%.


In Aleppo, the shelling has reportedly impacted the areas of Samouqa, Hasaka, and Dam al-Shahba.


No information is currently available on the casualties, the report said.



Turkey’s current and future military operations on its southern borders do not target its neighbors’ sovereignty but are necessary for Turkish security, the country’s National Security Council (MGK) said on Thursday, according to Reuters.


The MGK statement followed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s declaration on Monday that Ankara would soon launch new military operations on its southern borders to expand 30-kilometer (20-mile) deep safe zones and combat what he described as terrorist threats there.


“Operations being carried out now and in the future to remove the terrorism threat on our southern borders do not target our neighbors’ territorial integrity and sovereignty in any way,” it said after a three-hour meeting chaired by Erdogan, Reuters reported.


The White House had already registered its opposition to yet another military incursion to Syria, stating that its soldiers might come in harm’s way. PATurkey will report any reactions from Iran and Russia.


Erdogan’s sudden decision to attack Syrian Kurdish territories most likely reflects domestic concerns.  13 months before the scheduled elections, his party AKP and its ally MHP have seen their total support 39%, while Erdogan may lose to a candidate from CHP ranks.  Stoking fear of Kurdish terror had in the past consolidated the conservative-nationalist votes in AKP.    It remains to be seen whether inflation-stricken electorate will support the upcoming military campaign in Syria.


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.