Turkey begins anti-terror raids in Syria

Turkey begins anti-terror raids in Syria

Turkey has begun a major anti-terror operation in Syria, a week after PKK/YPG terrorists carried out a deadly bombing in the country’s financial city Istanbul, killing six people and wounding more than 80.

Sunday’s aerial operation struck terror hideouts of PKK, Turkish Defence Ministry announced.

The fresh operation comes after Turkish police arrested the chief suspect of the Istiklal Avenue attack Alham Albashir — a Syrian woman who confessed to working for PKK/YPG and also admitted to planting the bomb.

The Istanbul court has remanded 17 suspects in pre-trial detention on charges of “destroying national unity” and “deliberate killing”.

Albashir said she joined the terror group because of her boyfriend’s influence and maintained her ties to the group after she broke up with him, Anadolu Agency reported.

The attack in one of the busiest Turkish streets was the deadliest in five years and evoked memories of a wave of nationwide bombings from 2015 to 2017 carried out by PKK and Daesh terror groups.