U.S. officials are livid after several U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters were the center of a Turkish Air Strike on Monday. The two American officials said that dozens of soldiers were hurt, but no U.S. troops were injured. In fact, the closest American soldier was six miles from the strikes.
But despite the distance, the U.S. official didn’t like the attack saying that the event was “very serious.” According to Fox News, U.S. and Russian troops were notified ahead of times before jets and drones flew by and blew up portions of Northern Iraq and northeast Syria. Pentagon Spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway addressed the event saying:
“Given the extraordinarily complex battlespace in these areas, it is vital that Turkey and all partners in the defeat-ISIS effort coordinate their actions closely as we work together to maintain maximum pressure on ISIS and ensure the safety of all Coalition personnel in theater.”
According to the State Department Deputy Spokesperson, the U.S. was worried that Turkey didn’t give enough information which led to a lack of coordination. This concern has apparently been shared with Turkey, but the State Department also noted that they respected Iraq’s sovereignty.
Of the 1,000 soldiers deployed to Syria, 400 of those came as part of an artillery battery which supported U.S.-backed troops. These forces are partly made up of the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The U.S. views this group as allies in their fight against ISIS while Turkey views the group as an extension of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). The PKK is an insurgent group which has killed thousands of people. While Turkey and the U.S. differ on YPG, they both consider PKK a terrorist organization.
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