Turkey has carried out air strikes on several locations in northern Syria, following an ultimatum by Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan in response to the bomb attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party outside the Ministry of Interior building in Ankara on 1 October.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, has refuted the allegations made by Turkish officials and expressed profound apprehension regarding Turkey’s relentless military actions in the region.
US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel acknowledged the “legitimate security threat that the PKK poses to Turkey”, but expressed concern over military escalation in northern Syria and stopped short of endorsing potential Turkish actions against the People’s Protection Units.
Meanwhile, local sources report that an alleged Turkish drone was downed near al Hasakah in northern Syria on Thursday, with the US-led Coalition to Defeat ISIS reportedly behind the action.
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