Heavy clashes hit Rojava as Syrian Kurds respond to Turkish attacks

"And this was notification, certainly not coordination as you would expect from a partner and an ally in the fight against ISIS", he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State.

The YPG - which is part of the Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) - have called on the United States to implement a no-fly-zone in northern Syria, to prevent further Turkish airstrikes.

Turkey considers the YPG part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which is a terrorist organization.

"We call on all forces to remain focused on the fight to defeat ISIS, which is the greatest threat to regional and worldwide peace, security", said Air Force Col John L. Dorrian, Spokesman for the US-led coalition against ISIS.

"Less than an hour of notification is an inadequate amount of time to have our forces leave the ops box area that was identified ... which was a very large ops box", he said, referring to the area in which USA forces are operating.




The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the clashes erupted "after the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fired on an armoured vehicle belonging to Turkish forces that had crossed the Syrian-Turkish border". "It is necessary to demonstrate due political foresight and focus attention on a most important for today task - countering worldwide terrorism represented by Islamic State, (Jabhat al) Nusra and other affiliated groups", the ministry said. "That's not enough time" to alert USA troops on the ground, particularly when they have only a vague idea of where the strikes will occur, Dorrian said. However, the Pentagon said, “These airstrikes were not approved by the Counter ISIS Coalition and led to the unfortunate loss of life of our partner forces.

The Turkish foreign affairs ministry pushed back on these claims, stating that US and Russian forces were adequately informed "in line with the bilateral deconfliction arrangements regarding Syria and Iraq".

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly said that the attacks in Iraq and Syria will not stop until the elimination of the last "terrorist".

"Therefore, we demand and appeal to the global community to intervene to put an end to this aggression and the ongoing violations on our territory", the SDF concluded. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes against suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and in northeastern Syria, the military said, in a bid to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons into Turkey. The seizure of the dam will complete the envelopment of Raqqa city by the SDF and the Syrian Arab Coalition before the final assault on Raqqa commences. The city was also home to ISIS' main prison and served as a staging area for ISIS fighters.

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