Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Turkey threatens further strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

"ISIS poses the greatest threat to peace and stability in the region, and indeed the entire world".

The joint patrols were also indirectly confirmed by the Pentagon.

Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, did not dispute that USA troops are operating with elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) along the Turkish border, but he would not get into specifics.

Erdogan is due in Washington on May 16 for his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. The outlet notes that there is a presence of at least 200 U.S. Marines in northern Syria that arrived in the region in March, in addition to the already existing presence there. "Better they live in fear than we have worries".

Footage shot Friday night shows armored vehicles and personnel carriers on the road.

That operation included a series of clashes between Free Syrian Army rebels, backed by Turkey, and Kurdish forces who vowed to fight to the death to defend their territory.

Turkish officials said the airstrikes were targeting members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group by both Turkey and the United States.

The United States is aligned with People's Protection Units, or YPG, and the Peshmerga in Iraq - both Kurdish groups.

He said the Turkish air strikes - which were combined with strikes against the PKK in Iraq - brought "another unanticipated challenge" to coalition efforts against the jihadists.

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Erdogan said the sight of American flags in the convoy alongside YPG insignia had "seriously saddened" Turkey.

Those attacks killed almost 30 YPG fighters and officials, a monitoring group reported. "In this attack by the Turkish army, 20 of our comrades were killed and 18 of our comrades were wounded", the YPG said.

In his speech, Erdoğan once again noted that an effective fight against Daesh terrorists can not be carried out using another terrorist group, urging the USA and its partners in the anti-Daesh coalition to reconsider their support to the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The US administration is set to use YPG forces in a planned US-led offensive to retake Daesh's Syrian stronghold of Raqqah.

It is also unclear what a conflict between the USA and Turkey would mean for the rest of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation: it certainly would set a precedent, as never before has fighting broken out between two alliance members.

"We are willing to go to Khan Sheikhoun and we have undertaken some actions", Ahmet Uzumcu of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told a small group of reporters in The Hague.

Since Tuesday the YPG and Turkish forces have traded artillery fire along the Syria-Turkey border.

Such active military actions on the part of the Turkish leadership against the only armed formation in the northeast of Syria that is capable to resist ISIS have been heavily criticized by the global community including Turkey's main North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners. In March, some 200 U.S. marines backed with howitzers and Stryker armored vehicles were reportedly deployed to the Syrian town of Manbij liberated from Islamic States by the SDF.