Turkey’s defence ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which forces backed by Ankara captured from Kurdish-led fighters last month. Turkish warplanes bomb Kurdish rebels near the Iraqi border, in the first major air raid since the PKK declared a ceasefire in 2013. Anonymous, your answer is wrong, the PKK has never been and it is not in the UN terrorist list. “The problem begins when they want a hyphenated identity,” Taspinar said. The rise of the Syrian Kurds diminished Turkey's influence in Syria, weakened the AKP's position vis-a-vis the PKK, and challenged the influence of … AD. Explained: Why Turkey is bombing Kurds in Syria and how it affects the UK This perilous twist in the tangled web of Middle Eastern conflict is explained by Chris Hughes Share The PKK and the Turkish Army clashes started again this summer. The dispute between Turkey and the Kurds has deep roots in regional power dynamics that have created a tangled web of interests.
Turkey wants to establish a “safe zone” within Syrian territory to push back on Kurds near the Turkish border, who have de facto control over the northeastern region of Syria.

Though the Kurds have long been one of the largest ethnic groups in the region and command some level of autonomy, they have never had a nation-state of their own. Kurds in Turkey are free to be Kurds, he said, only if they accept that they’re Turkish citizens. Hundreds of Kurdish people living in northern Syria near the Turkish border are fleeing, herding their loved ones and running from an unknown fate as fires blaze behind them. The Kurds make up a substantial minority in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey, and while some share aspirations of an independent Kurdish nation, that aspiration is far from universal. TURKEY has launched an offensive against the US-supported Syrian militia, on Wednesday sending a ground and air assault - but why is Turkey fighting the Kurds in Syria? Kurd, member of an ethnic group concentrated in a contiguous area including southeastern Turkey, northeastern Syria, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran. US denies Syrian state media report that Turkey has begun anti-Kurd offensive Administration official says only 50-100 American troops have been redeployed away from Syria’s northern border Turkey’s presence in northeast Syria is only “temporary,” and Ankara respects Syria's “territorial integrity,” Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday in conversation with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif.Iran opposes military operations in Syria and called to respect its territorial integrity, Zarif responded.