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MARCH 2021

Turkish Drone Pounds Syria’s Kobane (Video, Photos)

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On January 22 afternoon, a Turkish drone strike targeted the outskirts of the town of Kobane in Syria’s northeastern region. 

According to the Hawar News Agency (ANHA), the strike targeted a house on the Mumet road south of Kobane. The town and its outskirts are under control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

A civilian named Fahe Ali Shehada sustained minor wounds in his left leg as a result of the drone strike. He was quickly treated at a nearby hospital.

Turkish Drone Pounds Syria's Kobane (Video, Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: Hawar News Agency (ANHA)

The ANHA released a photo from the strike scene showing what appears to be the seeker of a Turkish-made MAM-L, or C munition. Both small-diameter munitions are guided by semi-active laser.

Turkish Drone Pounds Syria's Kobane (Video, Photos)

Click to see full-size image. Source: Hawar News Agency (ANHA)

These munitions, which are made by Turkey’s defense giant ROKETSAN, are the main armament of all Turkish combat drones, including the Bayrakdar TB2 and the TAI Anka.

Today’s strike on Kobane violates  agreements Ankara signed in 2019 with Russia and the US. The strike, which didn’t have a clear target, was likely an attempt to provoke the SDF. Turkish forces have been harassing Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria for a while now.

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