Turkey Attacks Syria as Part of US-led ‘Anti-ISIL’ Coalition

Turkey Attacks Syria as Part of US-led ‘Anti-ISIL’ Coalition
Sat Aug 29, 2015 18:54:34

Ankara says it has launched its first airstrikes in Syria as part of the US-led coalition allegedly targeting the Daesh Takfiri terrorists, Press TV reports.

Turkish fighter jets attacked Daesh positions across the border in Syria late Friday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced in a statement, adding that the Takfiri terrorists pose a threat to Turkey’s security.

Earlier in the week, the US Department of Defense announced that Ankara would join the so-called anti-Daesh coalition and would start bombing the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq “very soon.”

"It could take a few days to put these technical arrangements into place at the operational level,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in reference to the arranged military cooperation between Ankara and Washington, adding, “We believe that Turkey is committed to fully participating [in anti-Daesh coalition] as soon as possible.”

This is while Ankara has also been launching airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey and Iraq after a Daesh bomb attack left 32 people dead in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc on July 20.

The PKK has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region inside Turkey since the 1980s. The conflict has left tens of thousands of people dead.

Since late September 2014, the US and some of its Arab allies have been conducting airstrikes against Daesh militants inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The airstrikes have hit Syrian infrastructure and caused scattered civilian deaths. This is while the US and some of its regional allies, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have lent staunch support to Takfiri terrorists group fighting against Syria’s legitimate government.

Syria has been facing a foreign-backed militancy – including by Daesh terrorists – since 2011.

The Daesh militants, who currently control areas across Syria as well as northern and western Iraq, have been carrying out horrific acts of violence, including public decapitations, against Iraqi and Syrian communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

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