Erdogan: Turkey will fight Kurdish militias in Syria

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A Turkish army tank and an armored vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Turkish media reports say Turkish artillery on Tuesday launched new strikes at Islamic State targets across the border in Syria, after two mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by the militants, hit the town of Karkamis, in Turkey's Gaziantep province. Hurriyet newspaper and other reports said the mortar rounds were fired from IS-held Jarablus, Syria.(IHA via AP) A Turkish army tank and an armored vehicle are stationed near the border with Syria, in Karkamis, Turkey, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. Turkish media reports say Turkish artillery on Tuesday launched new strikes at Islamic State targets across the border in Syria, after two mortar rounds, believed to have been fired by the militants, hit the town of Karkamis, in Turkey’s Gaziantep province. Hurriyet newspaper and other reports said the mortar rounds were fired from IS-held Jarablus, Syria.(IHA via AP)

Turkish President Erodgan declared Turkey will go after Kurdish militias with the same energy as ISIL.
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CCTV’s Natalie Carney filed this report from Gaziantep, Turkey.

Erdogan: Turkey will fight Kurdish militias in Syria

Erdogan: Turkey will fight Kurdish militias in Syria

Turkish President Erodgan declared Turkey will go after Kurdish militias with the same energy as ISIL.

Turkish news agency DHA reported that at least 10 Kurdish militants were killed and two Turkish soldiers wounded Sunday during clashes that erupted in the Semdinli district of Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province near the Turkey-Iraq border.

DHA footage showed military helicopters operating and smoke rising above the mountains.

On Friday, a Kurdish suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a checkpoint near a police station in the southeast, killing at least 11 Turkish police officers and wounding 78 other people.

Violence between the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and the security forces resumed last year, after the collapse of a two-year peace process in July.

Since then, more than 600 Turkish security personnel and thousands of PKK militants have been killed, according to Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu.

Rights groups say hundreds of civilians have also been killed in the clashes.

Story by the Associated Press.