Turkey: First Turkish air strikes on Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Kurdish zone in Syria in 17 months
The Turkish air force conducted its first strikes in 17 months against a zone in north Syria held by Kurdish militia on Saturday night, according to a UK-based activist group.
“A Turkish fighter jet has struck military positions of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Saida village in Ain Issa countryside… which caused loud explosions,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
This was the first aerial raid since “Operation Peace Spring,” it added, referring to an October 2019 military campaign launched by Ankara and its Syrian allies against the SDF in northern Syria.
That operation, interrupted after two accords negotiated by Ankara with first Washington and then Moscow, allowed Turkey to to take control of a “safe zone” inside Syria around 120km long and 32km deep.