World: nineteen deaths after Turkish strikes in northern Syria

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D Archives Turkish air strikes in northern Syria on a position held by the diet left 17 dead, after Nocturnal clashes between Ankara's forces and Kurdish fighters, an NGO announced on Tuesday.

"Seventeen fighters were killed in a Turkish air strike which aimed at a position of the Syrian regime (...) near the Turkish border" in the village of Jarqali, west of the city of Kobane, reported The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights ( OSDH ).

"We do not know if they come from the regime's forces or if it is Kurdish fighters who control the area," said OSDH Rami Abdel Rahmane.

The official Syrian official news agency Sana, citing a military source, confirmed the death of at least three Syrian soldiers and six injured.

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"Any attack on a position held by our armed forces will come up against a direct and immediate response on all fronts," added Sana.

Violent fighting had broken out on the night of Monday to Tuesday between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish forces, and the Turkish army, which intensified its bombings after one of its positions on the Turkish side of the border has been attacked, according to the OSDH.

Operation in progress

Ankara said that the Kurdish attack in Turkish territory had cost a soldier's life.

In retaliation, "13 terrorists have been neutralized," according to the Turkish Defense Ministry, adding that the operation in the region was continuing.

The FDS indicated in a statement that "Turkish military planes" had led "12 air strikes against Syrian army positions deployed on the border band west of Kobane". The raids made "victims," ​​said FDS spokesperson Farhad Shami, without providing more details.

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According to the FDS, at least 13 of their fighters have been killed by Turkish attacks since July.

Kurdish forces control most of Northeast Syria, countries fragmented since the war triggered in 2011 and which has become more complex over the years with the intervention of multiple foreign groups and powers, such as Turkey .

The conflict made about half a million dead and millions of displaced and refugees.

Syrian regime's forces have deployed in recent years in Kurdish forces near the border with Turkey, within the framework of agreements intended to stem Turkish transfective offensives against Kurdish fighters, considered as " terrorists "by Ankara.

Turkey, which has launched a series of operations in Syria targeting the Kurdish forces and the Islamic State jihadist group since 2016, threatens since May to lead a major offensive against Kurds in northeast Syria.

Since the start of the war, Turkey, supporting the rebels, fiercely opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad . But last week, the Minister of Turkish Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu , called for reconciliation between the Syrian government and the opposition, which has irritated the rebels and led to antitural demonstrations.

again Tuesday, Mr. Cavusoglu said that the Syrian insurgents and the Damascus regime were to "reconcile".

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