The Defense Department of the United States denounced this Wednesday that the attacks of Turkey in Syria and Iraq “directly” threaten the security of their troopsall this after the escalation of tension in the region.
“The recent airstrikes in syria have directly threatened the safety of US personnel that is working in Syria with local partners to defeat ISIS,” Pentagon spokesman said. Patrick Ryderaccording to a statement from his office.
“In addition, uncoordinated military actions threaten the sovereignty of Iraq,” he added, after showing himself “deeply concerned“for the escalation of the actions in the aforementioned countries and condemn the loss of civilian life.
The spokesman for the office of the US Armed Forces offered his condolences to the families, both from Turkey and Syria. “We are also concerned by reports about the deliberate attacks against civilian infrastructure”, he expressed.
In this sense, Ryder asserted that “an immediate de-escalation is necessary to maintain attention on the mission of defeat ISIS and ensure the safety of staff on the ground.”
Also, the spokesman for the Department of State recognized the “Turkey’s legitimate security concerns”, which began this Monday the operation “Claw-Sword” against kurdish groupswhom he blames for the recent bomb attack in istanbul which left at least six dead and 81 injured.
The Government of Turkey estimated this Wednesday at more than 250 the number of alleged members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG)”neutralized” in the new bombing campaign launched on Monday against targets in northern Iraq and Syria.
However, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Tuesday rejected the Turkish government’s claims about its casualties in the recent shelling and indicated that only one of its members has died.
This Wednesday the turkish army attacked near 500 Kurdish targets in Iraq and Syria since a series of airstrikes began on Sunday, Turkey’s defense minister said, Hulusi Akar.
“A total of 471 targets have been attacked and 254 terrorists have been neutralized in the operation” Claw-Sword, said Akar, quoted by the official news agency anadolu.
For their part, Kurdish forces reported that one fighter was killed and three wounded on Wednesday in a Turkish drone strike of a russian base in northeast Syria.
The victims are members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, a Kurdish-dominated coalition) at the Russian base, located in Hasaka province, SDF chief Farhad Chami said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), a UK-based NGO with an extensive network of intelligence sources in Syria, a Russian soldier was also injured.
On Wednesday, the Turkish president said he was more determined than ever to secure his Syrian border from attacks by Kurdish forces, threatening a ground operation “at the most convenient time.”
“Our operations with planes, guns and drones are just the beginning. Our determination to secure our entire southern border… with a secure zone is stronger than ever today.”, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told lawmakers in Parliament. “While we go ahead with uninterrupted air raids, we will crack down on the terrorists also on the ground at a time that suits us best,” he told lawmakers from his AKP party.
(With information from Europa Press)
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