Turkey Kills 30 US-backed Fighters In Middle East

Over 30 US-backed fighters had been killed in a sequence of airstrikes by Turkish jets in Syria and Iraq on Monday. 

According to 2 US officers, 24 Turkish jets and two drones bombed places in northern Iraq and northeast Syria near the place US and Russian troops had been stationed.

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“This is very serious,” stated one outraged U.S. official.

U.S. and Russian troops within the areas of the assaults had been warned about an hour earlier than 24 Turkish jets and two Turkish drones bombed places in northern Iraq and northeast Syria. Senior Russian officers contacted U.S. counterparts to attempt to get Turkey to again off the strikes, however these pleas had been ignored by the Turks, officers stated.

“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,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway advised Fox News.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner advised reporters Tuesday the U.S. was involved Turkey carried out the strikes with out correct coordination and emphasised the significance of respecting Iraq’s borders and sovereignty. Toner stated U.S. officers had immediately shared their issues with Turkey.

Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted his Turkish counterpart, Fikri Isik, on the Pentagon for talks in regards to the upcoming Raqqa offensive in Syria.

Both secretaries ignored a query from a reporter in regards to the function Kurds would play in that operation.

There are at the moment about 1,000 U.S. troops on the bottom in Syria. In March, 400 Marines deployed to Syria as a part of an artillery battery to help U.S.-backed troops preventing round Raqqa.

The U.S. Air Force makes use of a Turkish airbase close to the border with Syria to conduct strikes towards ISIS.

Last week, Fox News reported ISIS leaders and tons of of “bureaucrats” had been seen by U.S. navy drones fleeing the fear group’s so-called capital through the previous two months and heading to the Syrian metropolis of Deir ez-Zor, positioned 90 miles southeast of Raqqa. Some additionally fled to al-Mayadin, additional down the Euphrates River and the placement the place U.S. particular operations forces killed a mid-level affiliate of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi late final week.

The U.S. views the Syrian-Kurdish People’s Protection Units, referred to as the YPG, as key allies within the struggle towards ISIS. Turkey views the group as an extension of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, a Turkish rebel group that has carried out a many years lengthy insurgency that’s killed hundreds. Both Ankara and Washington contemplate the PKK a terrorist group.

Turkish airstrikes hit PKK positions “on and around Mt. Sinjar” earlier within the day, leading to 5 deaths, based on an announcement from the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs.