WHOA! Turkey Just BOMBED U.S. Backed…

Fighting continues in West Mosul, Iraq on 24 April 2017. Iraqi's forces retook full control of one of the largest neighbourhoodds of west Mosul from the Islamic State group after a week of intense fighting. (Photo by Noe Falk Nielsen/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Yesterday, Turkish forces led airstrikes within Iraq, presumably against ISIS fighters.

These attacks however have killed nearly a few dozen US-backed soldiers.

Per Fox News:

More than 30 U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters were killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by Turkish jets on Monday, two American defense officials confirmed to Fox News.

Dozens of fighters were also wounded in the strikes. Both officials said there were no U.S. troops among the fighters who were hit. The closest U.S. soldiers were about six miles from the site of the strikes.

The casualties of the airstrikes may have been the result of a lack of coordination:

“Given the extraordinarily complex battlespace in these areas, it is vital that Turkey and all partners in the defeat-ISIS effort coordinate their actions closely as we work together to maintain maximum pressure on ISIS and ensure the safety of all Coalition personnel in theater,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told Fox News.

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday the U.S. was concerned Turkey conducted the strikes without proper coordination and emphasized the importance of respecting Iraq’s borders and sovereignty. Toner said U.S. officials had directly shared their concerns with Turkey.



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