Turkey kills YPG militant who fired across Syrian border

Turkey’s military has carried out two incursions into Syria against the YPG militia. (File/AFP)
Updated 07 November 2018
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Turkey kills YPG militant who fired across Syrian border

  • The militant had fired from Syria’s Ras Al-Ayn region into Turkey’s Sanliurfa province
  • Turkey’s military has carried out two incursions into Syria against the YPG militia

ISTANBUL: Turkish forces killed a Kurdish YPG militant who fired into Turkey from Syria, a Turkish security source said on Wednesday, the most recent cross-border clash between Turkey and Kurdish militants east of the Euphrates River.
The militant had fired from Syria’s Ras Al-Ayn region into Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, the source said.
Turkey considers the YPG militia a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984.
Turkey’s military has carried out two incursions into Syria against the YPG militia, both focusing on its presence to the west of the Euphrates River.
President Tayyip Erdogan has signaled an impending operation against YPG forces the east of the river, delivering last month what he said was his “final warning” to those he said endangered Turkey’s southern border with Syria.
The YPG spearheads the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in the fight against Islamic State in Syria. Washington’s support for the militia has infuriated Ankara.
Turkish forces last month bombarded YPG positions near Ayn Al-Arab, Turkey’s Anadolu news agency reported. It killed four Kurdish militants last week in a separate cross-border clash in the same region, broadcaster TRT reported.


Yemeni army advance west of Taiz in operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes

Updated 19 November 2018
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Yemeni army advance west of Taiz in operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes

Yemen’s national army on Sunday advanced west of Taiz on the second day of a military operation to cut off Houthi militia supply routes.

A Yemeni military source that said heavy clashes with the militia killed several of their commanders during the operation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The source added that the militia fired five rocket-propelled grenades from its positions in Mount Al-Barqa on civilian homes however no casualties were reported.

The Yemeni army forces also thwarted an attempt by the Houthi militia to recover their positions in western Taiz.

A field source reported that groups of the militia tried to sneak into the old airport and Wata Al-Khazan, west of the city.

Clashes broke out between the two sides following the attempt, which leading to several losses on the Houthi side, causing the militia to flee.