ISIL, PKK under Turkish Jets Heavy Air Raid

Sat Jul 25, 2015 17:36:20

ISIL hideouts in Syria are bombed by Turkish jets in the second wave of aerial raids against ISIL and Kurdistan worker’s Party in neighboring Iraq, al-Alam News Network Reports.

According to local reports, Turkish F-16 fighter jets took off from their base in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir to conduct a new wave of airstrikes against what was said to be ISIL targets on the Syrian soil.

The latest air raids came just hours after Turkish warplanes bombed ISIL positions in Syria on Friday morning.

Some reports indicate that at least nine ISIL militants were killed and a dozen more were wounded in the first bombing operation earlier in the day.

The air raids were ordered in the wake of a deadly ISIL bomb attack in Suruc -- located in southern Turkey near the Syrian border and opposite the Syrian town of Kobani -- that killed 32 activists on Monday. A series of cross-border attacks by the ISIL militants also claimed the life of a Turkish soldier on Thursday.

Meanwhile, sources say Turkish fighter jets have also bombed at least five camps of the militants on Kandil Mountain in northern Iraq, which is known as the stronghold of the PKK.

“At around 11:00 p.m. tonight, Turkish warplanes started bombing our positions near the border, accompanied by heavy artillery shelling," media outlets quoted Bakhtiar Dogan, a PKK spokesman in Iraq, as saying.

Ankara has been engaged in a long conflict with the PKK, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s.

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