Turkish forces shell US-backed YPG/PKK positions east of Euphrates

Turkey's military on Sunday fired artillery shells on positions in Syria of a Kurdish militia backed by the United States but deemed a terrorist group by Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. The shells targeted "shelters" of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) east of the Euphrates River in the Kobane region of northern Syria, Anadolu said.

Turkish forces bombarded YPG/PKK positions on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River in northern Syria, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Sunday.

The move comes two days after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued what he said was a "final warning" to those who would endanger Turkey's borders, saying Ankara was determined to focus its attention on YPG/PKK militants east of the Euphrates.

The bombardment targeted the Zor Magar area to the west of northern Syria's Ayn al-Arab region and was aimed at preventing "terrorist activities", Anadolu reported.

Turkey considers the YPG/PYD a terrorist organisation and an extension of the outlawed PKK, which has been waging a terror campaign against Turkey for more than three decades.

Turkey carried out an offensive against YPG terrorists in northern Syria's Afrin region earlier this year.

The YPG/PKK took control of large areas of northeast Syria in 2012 as the pro-Assad forces pulled out to fight rebels in the West.

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