Turkey: 20 Kurdish ‘Terrorists’ Killed in Northern Syria

Reports suggest new Turkish operations are imminent

Turkey is never not in the middle of a military operation in northern Syria, targeting Kurdish groups that they have a problem with. The  latest reports are that a new round of fighting is coming around Manbij.

Thursday, though, Turkish officials reported that they had carried out a “neutralisation” operation against the Kurdish YPG, saying they’d killed at least 20 of its members.

The incident happened as Turkey sent convoys into the area, and started hammering YPG forces near the border with airstrikes.This was NE of Aleppo.

Nominally Turkish operations are meant to prop-up Turkish-aligned rebels, though in practice their involvement in Syria is more or less entirely determined to limit Kurdish nationalism.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.