Kurdish independence campaign guerillas had been bombed several times this week by warplanes of the Turkish regime of Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently granted himself dictatorial powers in violation of NATO rules. In the latest attack , on Wednesday May 10, Turkish warplanes continued the cross-border raids, striking Kurdish freedom fighters targets in northern Iraq. It was reported that six Kurdish fighters were killed.
Turkey, which backs Syrian rebel groups and has been engaged in a ground operation in northern Syria, which some cynics suggest is intended to llow the annexation of a slice of the automonmous Kurdish region in Syria, for the past year, has vowed to continue waging war on groups it links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK]. "We consider these actions inadmissible, running counter to the founding principles of inter-state relations", the Turkish defence ministry said.
Syrian officials say the attacks killed about 20 USA -allied Kurdish fighters who are members of the People's Protection Units. Syrian Kurdish officials escorted an American officer to some of the sites targeted in Tuesday's attack, as large crowds from the area followed them around, according to photos and video from the scene.
Syrian Kurdish forces said the strikes hit a media centre, a local radio station, a communication headquarters and some military posts, killing an undetermined number of fighters in Hassakeh, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the Syrian war, said 18 members of the YPG were killed. This could greatly complicate USA support for both sides, and the Kurds having to shift toward resisting Turkish incursions would likely derail their planned invasion of the ISIS capital of Raqqa.
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