Turkey attacks Kurdish targets in Syria and Iraq after the Istanbul Street bombing

On Sunday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said that Turkey launched air strikes in areas of northern Syria and Iraq, targeting Kurdish groups that Ankara considers responsible for last week’s bomb attack in Istanbul.

The ministry said in a statement that the warplanes attacked bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party and the Syrian People’s Protection Units. It was accompanied by photos of F-16s taking off and footage of an airstrike from a drone.

The air strikes took place a week after a bomb exploded in a busy street in the heart of Istanbul, killing six people and wounding more than 80 others.

Turkish authorities blamed the attack on the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian affiliate, the People’s Protection Units. But hardline Kurdish groups denied any role.

Both Ankara and Washington consider the PKK a terrorist group, but they disagree about the YPG’s status. Under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the YPG has allied itself with the United States in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

The airstrikes targeted Kobani, a strategic Kurdish-majority Syrian town near the Turkish border that Ankara had previously tried to bypass in its plans to create a “safe zone” along northern Syria. The spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, Farhad Shami, added that two villages crowded with displaced people are being bombed by Turkey. He said the strikes resulted in “dead and wounded.”

This came as the Bulgarian police arrested five people in connection with the bombing that took place in Istanbul, the Bulgarian Prosecutor’s office said today, Saturday.

A spokesman for the Bulgarian General Prosecutor said that the detainees were accused of aiding one of the people who carried out the attack.

They are accused of providing “logistical assistance” to help people flee.

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