US-led coalition avoids condemning PYD attack on Turkish army

Published 28.08.2016 19:47

US-led coalition avoided directly condemning the armed wing of the PKK's Syrian affiliate Democratic Union Party (PYD)'s attack on Turkish tanks which resulted in the killing of one Turkish soldier and injuring three others on Saturday.

When asked by Daily Sabah whether the coalition would condemn the attacks, the US-led Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) said "What we can say is that we encourage and expect all parties to focus their efforts on Da'esh, and we are working with our Turkish allies and our partnered forces in Syria to ensure that ISIL remains everyone's focus."

The CJTF said that in order to prevent a further escalation between the Turkish army and PYD, all parties should focus on defeating Daesh, saying coalition leaders speak to all of their partners as part of operational planning efforts, but the political dimension was beyond the coalition's purview.

On Saturday, the YPG, the armed wing of the PKK's Syrian affiliate Democratic Union Party (PYD), targeted a Turkish tank that was deployed in Jarablus as part of the military's operation Euphrates Shield, which intends to clear the border region of DAESH terrorists.

A Turkish soldier was killed and three others were injured in a rocket attack by the U.S.-sponsored YPG terror group, launched against two Turkish tanks taking part in the military offensive against DAESH in the northern Syrian town of Jarablus.

The casualties are the first for Turkey since operation Euphrates Shield was launched on Wednesday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, a military official said Russian-made Kornet anti-tank missiles were launched at two Turkish tanks in the northern Syrian city, which was freed from DAESH on Wednesday evening.

The tanks were hit only 7 kilometers south of Jarablus, an area which the Turkish forces assisted the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to clear of DAESH terrorists. The rockets were fired from an area where the YPG militia were known to be active, and the Russian-made weapons are typical of those used by YPG militants.

*Contributed by Ragıp Soylu

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