Death toll in Turkish raids on Syria Kurds hits 28: monitor

The Turksih military added that they retaliated against attacks carried out from areas controlled by the YPG in Syria, targeting two military outposts in the Turkish city of Hatay.

Turkish military jets carried out strikes against US -backed Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq and northeast Syria, killing at least 70 people, according to a Turkish military statement.

Yet, Europe continues to work like hand-in-glove with the PKK to attack Turkey, while the USA, despite repeated warnings from Ankara, keeps arguing that the People's Protection Units (YPG), the PKK's Syrian wing, is their ally in Syria in the fight against Daesh.

Turkey stepped up its bombing campaign against Kurdish militants outside its borders on Tuesday, killing as many as 20 US -backed fighters in Syria and expanding its strikes in Iraq, an escalation that could complicate efforts to combat the Islamic State group.

Ankara has vowed to combat groups inside Syria that it links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency inside Turkey for over three decades.

Turkey conducted airstrikes this week in Syria and Iraq that killed partner forces in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, giving little notice and making no effort to coordinate the strikes, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolvesaid Wednesday.

He cautioned against a broader Turkish military operation, saying it would "complicate the issue and destabilize northern Iraq".

In northern Iraq they killed six peshmerga fighters from the autonomous Kurdish government, usually allied with Ankara, in an apparent accident.

"Currently, the Turkish Armed Forces carrying out necessary preparation steps", he said, "Our armed forces are capable of carrying out ground operations in the Sinjar area similar to those we conducted in the [northern Syria] region up to al-Bab in order to clear the north of Syria from Daesh and PKK". The tension has erupted into clashes in recent months, with several PKK-affiliated Yazidi fighters killed in fighting with the Kurdistan region's peshmerga forces.

Turkey and Washington had a wave of airstrikes against Kurds in Iraq and Syria.

The U.S. and Iraq condemned the strikes that Turkey said were also aimed at the PKK.

Mr Toner acknowledged Turkey's "legitimate concerns about the PKK", but he aid the State Department had expressed its own concerns to Ankara over the raid.

The toll in Turkish air strikes on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria today rose to 18 killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Turkey has long claimed that the area was becoming a hotbed for Workers' Party rebels.

The military says it immediately retaliated to the attacks on the posts in the town of Hassa, in Hatay province, on Wednesday.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), a political wing for the SDF, said Turkey's offensive was aiding IS.

Turkey categorizes both as terrorist groups, but Washington considers them as an integral part of the global coalition to defeat Islamic State.

  • Leroy Wright