Tur­key ramps up fight against Kur­dish fight­ers in Syria

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Tur­key es­ca­lated its of­fen­sive Thurs­day against Kur­dish fight­ers in north­ern Syria, pound­ing them with airstrikes and ar­tillery, and com­pli­cat­ing the bat­tle against the Is­lamic State group by Ankara and Wash­ing­ton, both NATO al­lies.

In the fight for Aleppo, mean­while, the Syr­ian mil­i­tary used a lull in vi­o­lence to urge res­i­dents and rebels to evac­u­ate.

Tur­key’s state-run Anadolu news agency said as many as 200 mem­bers of the Kur­dish-led forces were killed in Syria’s Aleppo prov­ince by the Turk­ish bomb­ing and shelling.

A se­nior com­man­der with the main Syria Kur­dish mili­tia con­firmed the Turk­ish at­tack but dis­puted the ca­su­alty toll. Like in Iraq, where Kur­dish fight­ers are at the fore­front of the of­fen­sive to re­take the city of Mo­sul from the Is­lamic State group, Kur­dish forces in Syria also have been bat­tling IS mil­i­tants and made sig­nif­i­cant ter­ri­to­rial gains in Aleppo prov­ince.

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