Pentagon expands rebuke of Turkey over Iraq, Syria strikes


Turkey views some of the Syrian Kurdish forces assisting the US -led coalition's campaign against ISIS as terrorists, and in a statement Wednesday, the spokesman for Turkey's foreign ministry, Huseyin Muftuoglu, defended the strikes.

The Turkish air force notified the Combined Air Operations Center less than an hour before conducting the strikes, "and this was notification - certainly not coordination as you would expect from a partner and an ally in the fight against ISIS", the colonel told reporters.

Turkish war planes carried out strikes on Kurdish militia forces in Syria on Tuesday and also hit Kurdish forces in neighbouring Iraq in what Ankara described as "terrorist havens".

Following the strikes by Turkish warplanes, the US military dispatched troops to the scene in Syria to conduct a damage assessment and to check on its partner forces.

The diplomatic fallout from Turkey's airstrikes against Kurdish militants in Iraq and Syria appeared to be growing with angry Turkish reactions to the USA rebukes over Turkey's actions, which risk undermining the battle against the Islamic State.

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On April 25, the Turkish Air Force bombed the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) General Command HQ in the Mount Karachok near the town of Al-Malikiyah, according to a statement released by the YPG General Command. He said USA troops were within 6 miles (10 km) of the strikes and the advisory given by the Turks was too vague to enable them to respond effectively.

Summary⎙ Print The diplomatic fallout from Turkey's deadly airstrikes against Kurdish militants is growing as Turkey reacts angrily to U.S. rebukes.

Senior members of the Syrian Democratic Forces sought reassurances from the USA government after the Turkish airstrikes.

But the YPG said 20 of its guerillas had been killed in the attacks around Karachok, including 12 from its women's wing the YPJ.

Dorrian said the USA -led coalition had "let the Turks know that the amount of time. was inadequate for us to ensure safety of our forces on the ground".

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"We let the Turks know that the amount of time that was being provided for the strikes was inadequate for us to ensure the safety of our forces on the ground", he said.

Violent clashes resumed when peace talks collapsed between the PKK and the Turkish government in June 2015 with the army attacking guerrilla positions inside cities in southeastern Turkey.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Dorrian said the concerned that Turkey didn't coordinate the strikes with the US -led coalition against the Islamic State group. We have no secret agenda.

"The coalition's silence is proof and approval of this", it said, adding that Turkey's aim was to disrupt the SDF offensive against the Isis stronghold of Raqqa.

Russian Federation is a close ally of the Syrian government, while Turkey supports the opposition.

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