Reuters: Turkey ratchets up Syria offensive, says warplanes hit Kurdish militia
Rebels supported by Turkey fought Kurdish-backed forces in northern Syria on Saturday, as Ankara ratcheted up its cross-border offensive by saying it had launched air strikes against both Kurdish forces and Islamic State.
Turkey's government, which is fighting a Kurdish insurgency at home, has said the Syrian campaign it opened this week is as much about preventing Kurdish militia fighters from gaining territory in Syria as about pushing back Islamic State.
Turkey wants to stop Kurdish forces gaining control of a continuous stretch of Syrian territory on its frontier, which it fears could embolden the Kurdish militant group PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency on Turkish soil.
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WNU Editor: This is so true .... How Turkey’s offensive into Syria is opening up a hornet’s nest (Sudarsan Raghavan and Erin Cunningham, Washington Post).
More News On Turkey's War Against The Kurds In Syria
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Turkish-Backed Rebels Clash With Kurdish-Led Forces in Northeastern Syria -- WSJ
Kurdish-aligned group in Syria accuses Turkey of strikes -- DW
Turkey steps up Syria strikes as rival rebels clash near Jarablus -- France 24
US allies clash as Turkish and Kurdish forces battle in northern Syria -- Telegraph.
Turkish tanks clash with Kurd-backed forces in Syria, monitor group reports -- DW
Turkey targets Kurdish forces south of Syria's Jarablus -- Al Jazeera
Turkey Intensifies Airstrikes on US-Backed Kurdish Forces Along Syrian Border -- Sputnik
Who Are The Turkey-backed Syrian Rebels? -- Sirwan Kajjo, VOA
The Guardian view on Turkey’s incursion into Syria: Ankara’s biggest concern is containing the Kurds -- Guardian Editorial