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Turkish airstrikes against IS

Germany
24.07.2015
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Turkey launches airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria
Turkey on Friday carried out its first airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group in Syria, targeting an area near the site of deadly cross-border clashes between its army and the militants a day earlier.
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Istanbul (dpa) - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the strikes are part of an ongoing "process" against the militants, adding that Turkey would take further measures to protect its security.
Turkish tanks patrol near Syria border line near Elbeyli, near Kilis, southeastern Turkey, 24 July 2015. Turkey on 24 July carried out its first airstrikes against the Islamic State militant group in Syria, targeting an area near the site of deadly cross-border clashes between the army and the extremists the previous day. A Turkish soldier on 23 July 2015 near Kilis in southern Turkey was killed by gunfire originating from across the border in Syria.

He denied there is a link between the predawn attacks by F-16 fighter jets and the decision, announced Thursday in Washington, to allow the United States to use the US-Turkish Incirlik air base in southern Turkey.

The base would broaden US abilities to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

Davutoglu said Islamic State targets threatening Turkey were destroyed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that monitors the Syrian conflict, said the Turkish airstrikes in the border town of al-Rai killed nine militants and wounded 12.

Meanwhile, 5,000 police officers took part in raids in 13 Turkish provinces that led to the arrests of 297 people, including 37 foreigners, who are alleged to be members of Islamic State and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers‘ Party (PKK), Davutoglu said.

It was unclear how many members of each group were detained, but suspected militants from both groups are believed to have been under surveillance. The government has tried to draw parallels between the two disparate groups who are at war with each other.

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that a female member of the leftist Revolutionary People‘s Liberation Party-Front was killed during a raid in Istanbul.

It has been a week of turmoil in Turkey, sparked by a suicide bombing, blamed on the Islamic State, that killed 32 people at a pro-Kurdish youth activists Monday in Suruc near the Syrian border.

The PKK, a militant group that seeks greater autonomy for Turkey‘s Kurdish minority, said it retaliated for the Suruc attack by killing two Turkish police officers in the south, alleging they had collaborated with Islamic State in the bombing.

Then came the border clashes Thursday, which killed one Turkish soldier, according to the army, which said Islamic State first attacked its soldiers.

Initially Turkey said one militant was killed but updated this later to five, CNN Turk reported citing sources in the premier‘s office.

Analyst Charles Lister with the Brookings Institute, a Washington think tank, called the Turkish airstrikes a "major message" to the militants.

Faisal al-Mekdad, Syria‘s deputy foreign minister, warned Turkey to "respect Syrian sovereignty," saying the government would not tolerate violations.

A US-led coalition has been hitting Islamic State targets from the air since last year in Iraq and Syria.

Washington will now be able to use the Incirlik base in southern Turkey for the airstrikes. It is about 400 kilometres north-west of Raqqa, Islamic State‘s de facto capital in Syria, and shortens the distance for US fighter jets, which had been using bases in Arab nations.

It remains unclear if Turkey has been offered anything in return for the use of the base although Ankara had been pushing for a no-fly zone in northern Syria to aid rebel groups fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Turkey wants to see ousted.

Washington has long been pressing Ankara to take a more active role in the fight against Islamic State, which controls large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria and has launched numerous attacks farther afield.

Turkey has also been criticized for turning a blind eye to foreign fighters, including Islamist extremists, who cross into Syria from Turkey, though it has recently begun to take steps to halt the activity.

The airstrikes took place near the last stretch of border, about 80 kilometres in length, held by the Islamic State. Increased security in the area will likely make it harder for foreigners to enter Syria to join the extremist group.

Syrian-Kurdish fighters from the People‘s Protection Units (YPG) militia are the main US ally on the ground in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, sparking concern in Ankara about stoking nationalist sentiment within its own Kurdish minority.

The YPG pushed Islamic State fighters back from most of the territory it seized last year along the border with Turkey.

The YPG, which is aiming to govern areas under its control, is often seen as a sister organization of the PKK, which has been engaged in a peace process with the Turkish government and declared a ceasefire in 2013.

Tensions have been rising in recent weeks between the government and the PKK, and there have been sporadic violence and increasingly vitriolic rhetoric from both sides.

The peace process - aimed at ending three decades of civil war that has killed about 40,000 people - has largely stalled this year, and the PKK‘s jailed leader, Abdullah Ocalan, who spearheaded talks with the government, has been effectively isolated since April.

Adding to the volatile situation, Turkey is being run by an interim government. The ruling Justice and Development Party is seeking a coalition partner after losing its parliamentary majority in last month‘s elections for the first time since 2002.

Turkey could be forced to hold fresh elections this year if no deal is reached.

 

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