US concerned over Turkish strikes against Kurdish forces: State Department

US concerned over Turkish strikes against Kurdish forces: State Department
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Baghdad ( The United States is “deeply concerned” by the Turkish raids targeting Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, the State Department said on Tuesday.

“We are very concerned, deeply concerned that Turkey conducted airstrikes earlier today [Tuesday] in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq without proper coordination either with the United States or the broader global coalition to defeat ISIS,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

“We have expressed those concerns to the government of Turkey directly,” Toner said.

The US official stated that the airstrikes were not approved by the coalition and “led to the unfotunate loss of life of our partner forces in the fight against ISIS that includes members of the Kurdish Peshmerga.”

He added that any military action in Iraq should respect the country’s sovereignty.

Brett McGurk, the US Presidential Envoy to the coalition said they are in regular contact with the counterparts in Iraq and the coalition’s military personnel in Syria following the Turkish airstrikes on Tuesday.

Turkish Air Force carried out a massive aerial attack on Mount Sinjar on Tuesday, targeting the positions belonging to Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). However one airstrike had mistakenly struck the Kurdish Peshmerga troops on Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, killing at least five and wounding nine others.

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