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Turkey and Iran attack Kurdish areas in Syria and Iraq

Turkey and Iran both carried out attacks against Kurdish areas of Syria and Iraq, threatening to destabilize the region and harming civilian life. Turkey claimed its attacks were in response to “terrorism,” although Ankara has shown no evidence that Kurdish groups are behind any terror attacks in Turkey.

Iran claims its attacks are designed to counter Kurdish groups that back protests in the country. In its case, Kurdish cities have been at the forefront of the two months of protests against the regime.

Turkey’s attacks struck a wide swath of towns and villages across northern Syria and also northern Iraq. Turkey bombarded Kobani, a city that is famous for having resisted ISIS in 2014, and also attacked areas such as Tel Rifat where many displaced people lie as refugees.

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