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Erdoğan vows to intensify airstrikes on Iraq, Syria

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Turkey’s president on Wednesday vowed to intensify airstrikes against Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq, Agence France-Presse reported.

Turkey has been bombing sites in northeast Syria since Thursday, hitting civilian and military targets and infrastructure and causing casualties, according to Kurdish authorities.

“We have already intensified air operations and we will continue, and show the terrorists that we can destroy them anywhere and at any moment,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, referring to militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) — listed as a terror group by Ankara and much of the international community.

Ankara has said it launched a new wave of airstrikes in retaliation for an attack in Ankara earlier this month that wounded two police officers.

The PKK has claimed responsibility for the attack, the first bombing to hit the Turkish capital since 2016.

Turkish attacks in northeast Syria killed 29 Kurdish security personnel and wounded 28 at an academy for anti-drug training, authorities in the semi-autonomous area said on Monday.

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