Turkey Shelling Kurds Fighters Inside Syria in Support of ISIS in Azaz
The Turkish military is pushing ahead with its cross-border artillery shelling campaign against Syrian Kurdish positions in Syria.
Anadolu Agency reported late on Thursday that artillery shells had “intermittently” targeted militia positions near the town of Azaz.
The report came as Turkey blamed the Syrian militia group as well as Turkey’s own Kurdish forrces for Wednesday’s bomb attack in Ankara that killed 28 people. It also called on its allies to cut off support to the militia group.
The Kurdish forces, however, has been most effective in the fight against the so-called “Islamic State” ( ISIS , ISIL , Daesh or IS) group in Syria. A video broadcast by Turkey’s private Dogan News Agency or DHA on Thursday appears to show shells being launched from Kilis, on the Turkish side of the border, towards the Syrian town of Azaz.
Ankara appears increasingly uneasy over the kurdish forces recent gains across its border and has continued to shell the militia despite international calls for it to stop.
Despite the intense collaboration with YPG and its head Salih Muslim in the recent months, Turkey pretends to be fighting with YPD which was clearly perceived as a mask to hide direct support for helpless ISIL in the region. Futile struggle under the mask of YPG assault raises questions in mind on why Turkey- YPG is now enemies while they were allies just months ago.