At least 25 civilians were killed and dozens injured on Thursday in a US-led coalition strike on the ISIS-held Hajin town located in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday accused NATO of ignoring the need to support Turkey’s actions against Kurdish militia in Syria.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday during a parliamentary address to his party that the Turkish military will continue its Euphrates Shield operation.
Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan said Washington’s support for the Kurdish YPG units in Syria violates the North Atlantic Treaty.
Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Nurettin Canikli announced that Turkey hopes the U.S. will end to support the Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria.
Turkey cannot fight the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) at the expense of the regional fight to defeat ISIS, acting US Department of State spokesperson Mark Toner said in a briefing.
Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik on Saturday rejected all claims that PKK-affiliated PYD group represents Kurdish people in Syria, calling the claims as “a huge lie”.
Turkish artillery units stationed on the Syrian border started to bomb the positions of YPG, PKK’s Syrian affiliate, on Thursday afternoon following the advances of the terror group towards the northern Syrian town of al-Bab. Their advancement comes despite initial U.S. pledges that they would withdraw from west of the Euphrates Rivers.
Turkish-backed ground forces and coalition airstrikes have killed 12 ISIS terrorists in northern Syria.
A 400-meter tunnel, dug by the militants of the PKK 7 meters below ground, was exposed by Turkish forces in Nusaybin below the border line between Turkey and Syria. It was reportedly used for logistical purposes, as well as for transferring militants between the PKK and YPG.