Turkish military says hits 71 Islamic State targets in northern Syria

November 5, 2016 | By | Reply More

Turkey’s military hit 71 Islamic State targets in Syria over the last 24 hours, the army said on Saturday, intensifying strikes against the militant group, which has claimed responsibility for the latest bomb attack in southeast Turkey.

Islamic State targets in SyriaFive Islamic State fighters were killed in the strikes, as were five Turkey-backed rebels and one Turkish soldier, the army said in its statement. It said coalition forces conducted five air strikes, killing another eight Islamic State militants.

Turkey is backing a group of Syrian Arabs and Turkmen in northern Syria in its Euphrates Shield operation, which has swept Islamic State targets in Syria from its southern border.

The Sunni hardline group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir on Friday that killed nine people and wounded more than 100.

Turkey on Friday jailed the two co-leaders of the country’s main pro-Kurdish party and several other MPs, in an unprecedented crackdown as a deadly bombing killed nine in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

A court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir remanded in custody Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-leaders Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag after they were detained along with 10 of its MPs, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Including Demirtas and Yuksekdag, seven HDP MPs have so far been placed under arrest by the courts pending trial.

The United States and European Union both raised alarm over the arrests, which marked a new escalation of the clampdown under the state of emergency imposed in the wake of the July 15 coup attempt.

Hours earlier, a blast blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) struck outside a police station nearby in the Baglar district of Diyarbakir, Turkey’s main majority-Kurdish city.

Eight people were killed, including two police, and over 100 were wounded, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced, saying the PKK had again showed its “ugly face”. Anadolu said another civilian later died of their wounds.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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