Turkish raids on Afrin after a lull of five days

Turkish fighter jets resumed strikes on the Syrian region of Afrin on Friday after a five-day lull that followed the downing of a Russian warplane in another place in Syria.

“The Turkish planes bombed at least six targets of the Kurdish factions in air strikes started at about midnight, and there was no information about casualties or damage,” the official Anatolia News Agency reported.

Hurriyet newspaper reported that Ankara stopped its air strikes after Syrian opposition fighters dropped the Russian plane in Idlib province on February 3.

Turkey began an air and ground operation in Afrin on January 20 to target fighters of Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which it sees as an armed wing of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting Ankara for three decades.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency