The Pentagon condemned in the strongest possible terms the actions of Turkish aircraft against Kurdish militants in northern Syria. The Pentagon has confirmed that Ankara’s recent air strikes threaten the security of the US military and that the escalation of the situation has jeopardized years of progress in the fight against ISIS militants. These public comments represent the strongest U.S. condemnation of Turkish air operations against Kurdish militants in northern Syria to date.
Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder said in a statement: “The recent air strikes in Syria have directly threatened the security of the US military, who are working with local partners in Syria to defeat the organization and keep more than 10,000 extremist detainees in custody.” fighters from the People’s Self-Defense Units, to fight the remnants of the organization.
Ankara launched air operations over the weekend in response to a bomb attack in Istanbul a week ago that killed six people. Ankara blamed the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for this.
No group has claimed responsibility, and the PKK and the YPG have denied involvement.