Hours ago, hundreds of Turkish soldiers were deployed in striking distance of the Syrian border where their forces relentlessly shelled the Kurdish ‘People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) in the town of Tall Abyad. The latter is considered a close ally of ‘Kurdistan Workers’ Party’ (PKK) which has engaged in bitter skirmishes with the Turkish police and military inside Turkey itself in recent weeks.
According to imminent reports, the shelling of Kurdish troops began this evening, at 19:30 local Damascus time, and was, according to YPG officials, completely unprovoked. This is not an isolated incident as the Turkish army has repeatedly targeted the Tall Abyad (Girê Spî) border crossing since the 24th of October this year.
Tentions between Turkey and Kurdish militias have been growing since the YPG wrestled one of the Islamic State’s most strategically vital possessions from ISIS, namely Tall Abyad. This border town was liberated by the YPG in July this year after an all-out offensive was launched from Kobane towards the area in early June, 2015.