Turkish military kills YPG militant who fired across Syrian border
Turkish forces killed an YPG militant who fired into Turkey from Syria, a Turkish security source said on Nov. 7, the most recent cross-border clash between Turkey and militants east of the Euphrates River.
The militant had fired from Syria’s Ras al-Ayn region into Turkey’s Şanlıurfa province, the source said, Reuters reported.
Turkey considers the YPG an extension of the illegal PKK and a terrorist organization
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S and the European Union.
Turkey’s military has carried out two operations inside Syria against the YPG and ISIL.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signaled an impending operation against YPG forces the east of the Euphrates River, delivering last month what he said was his “final warning” to those he said endangered Turkey’s southern border with Syria.
“We will destroy the terror structure east of the Euphrates River,” he said on Oct. 30 addressing his lawmakers at the parliament.
10 YPG members were killed after Turkish forces fired howitzer shells across the border into Syria’s Ayn al Arab region, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Oct. 31.
Six other YPG members were wounded in the strikes on the region.
The missiles were launched from Şanlıurfa, along the Syrian border.