US Slams NATO Ally Turkey on Airstrikes Against Kurds

With less than an hour's notice to the U.S. -led coalition, Turkey, a U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, conducted airstrikes in northern Syria on Monday night, killing "a significant number" of Kurdish YPG fighters, who have been "very important to the fight against ISIS", Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday. "This was notification and not coordination, as you would expect from a partner and an ally".

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.

USA military officials were not provided any further information about the location of the target or the objective of the strikes, only that Turkey planned to conduct strikes against terrorist targets. The US have provided the Kurdish-led force with weapons, training and support from special forces.

"We had forces within six miles of the strikes", said Dorrian, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

"Our partner forces have been killed by Turkey strike, they have made many sacrifices to defeat ISIS", the American Colonel said. "The regime in Turkey has consistently harmed the good neighborly relations through countless violations against our citizens and fighters in northern Syria", the SDF said.

More news: Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Turkish airstrikes Tuesday also hit areas in northwestern Iraq and killed at least five Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Dorrian said.

Pressed on how much advance notice Turkey gave the U.S., Dorrian said it was "less than an hour". "These are our partner forces". Yıldırm reportedly added that "cooperation against terrorism would continue".

The Turkish foreign affairs ministry pushed back on these claims, stating that US and Russian forces were adequately informed "in line with the bilateral deconfliction arrangements regarding Syria and Iraq".

Despite the USA complaints, the Turkish airstrikes continued Wednesday amid cross-border artillery exchanges between Turkish forces and the YPG, Reuters reported. "We demand that the United States establish a no-fly zone to protect us against further aggression".

Following Turkey's airstrikes against PKK-affiliated groups, including the YPG in northern Iraq's Sinjar and northern Syria's Karachok towns on Tuesday, YPG militants targeted Turkish military outposts on the border with Syria in southern Hatay and southeastern Mardin provinces a day later. A Twitter account monitoring the Syrian war quoted a YPG fighter saying that "all operations in Raqqa and Tabqah were halted until the coalition takes action against Turkish attacks".

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