U.S. military ‘outraged’ by Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish forces after anti-ISIL deal

ISIS was never their target in the first place and Washington has turned a blind eye after reaching a deal to have additional base access. ISIS is a welcomed guest free to roam around Turkey and even receive medical care if needed thanks to the Obama administration turning its back on the Kurds.

The U.S. military outrage may indeed be genuine, but the catalyst was surely engineered in Washington.

 

Leaders within the United States military were said to be “outraged” when Turkey launched air strikes against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq only hours after Ankara reached a deal with the U.S. to allow use of a key air base in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

A U.S. military source said American special forces stationed in northern Iraq who were training Kurdish Peshmerga troops had almost no warning before Turkey launched air strikes on Kurdish PKK forces. Continue reading

Ankara’s War

ANKARA/BERLIN (Own report) – Berlin has reacted to Turkish air strikes on the “Islamic State” (IS) and the PKK, with both praise and sharp criticism. After several IS attacks on Turkish territory, Ankara halted its support for the IS last week and launched air strikes on the organization in northern Syria. For years, the West, including Berlin, had been benevolently observing how Ankara had been granting assistance to the IS – as an aspect of the war against the Bashar al Assad government in Syria. Ankara is now following the change of course, initiated last year by the West, when it declared war on IS. Berlin’s sharp criticism of Turkish air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq must be seen in the context of Turkish plans to invade northern Syria, which would lead to a confrontation with Kurdish forces affiliated to the PKK. Germany clearly rejects such an invasion because either it would strengthen Ankara, which recently has been regularly opposing Berlin, or it would turn another EU-bordering country into a theater of armed conflict – between the Turkish armed forces and Kurdish units.

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