Kurds say Turkey is aiding Isis with raids in Syria and Iraq
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 27, 2017,
Apr 27, 2017, 2:08
The Turkish army earlier said it had conducted a strike against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in an alleged bid to prevent the Kurdish forces from sending weapons to Turkey.
A statement released by Turkey's air force said that it carried out the airstrikes against PKK targets located in the Sinjar Mountain region in northern Iraq and in Karachok mountains in northeastern Syria on Tuesday, Aljazeera reported.
More than 20 people were killed when Turkey launched a series of air strikes against Kurdish militia groups in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday, attacking a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIL in Syria and escalating the standoff between rival Kurdish parties in Iraq.
USA -backed Syrian Kurdish forces say they want the worldwide coalition to provide air cover over northern Syria, to protect them from Turkish and Syrian government air raids.
KURDISH leaders accused Turkey of collaborating with Isis yesterday after the country's air force killed dozens of militia in Syria and Iraq.
Toner said the State Department had spoken with Ankara directly about the strikes, which "led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against" IS. But a senior USA official said it was about 20 minutes. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict, majority Kurds.
During the war with ISIS, Turkey established a military base alongside Peshmerga forces at Bashiqa, because Ankara wants to protect Sunnis and Turkmen in northern Iraq and it was working with the KRG.
Iraq's Foreign Ministry denounced the strikes as a "violation" of its sovereignty and called on the worldwide community to put an end to such "interference" by Turkey.
"Any operation that is carried out by Turkish government without any coordination with the Iraqi government is totally rejected", Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Ahmad Jamal, told The Associated Press.
According to the Observatory, the airstrikes killed 18 members of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG.
"These problems and tensions are all because of the PKK s presence", it said, accusing the PKK and its affiliates of refusing to withdraw from the Sinjar area.
Wednesday's procession took place in Sayida Zeinab, a Damascus suburb that is home to a major Shiite shrine and is a stronghold for Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group fighting alongside the Syrian government. "I'm very curious as to how the European Union is going to act", he said, criticizing European Union states that have called for an end to accession talks.
The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become increasingly anxious at the growing sway of Syrian Kurdish fighters across Turkey's southern border and has repeatedly asked the United States to abandon its support of the YPG.
Europe, Erdogan said, had failed to appreciate Turkey's role in stemming the flow of migrants from neighbouring Syria and Iraq across it borders, and said the burden had fallen on Turkey and other countries in the region including Lebanon and Jordan.
"The Syrian Democratic Forces are, by their very nature, a multiethnic and multisectarian organization, and that's, frankly, one of the reasons why we're working with them", he said.
Turkey says it targeted fighters affiliated with an outlawed Kurdish group waging an insurgency inside Turkey.