Turkish Airstrikes Kill U.S.-backed Forces Fighting ISIS

 

The Turkish military killed more than a dozen U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters, some of which were helping the U.S. fight ISIS.

The BBC reports the People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia were hit by multiple airstrikes Tuesday. Other casualties were reported among Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq, according to CNN. CNN also reporting a YPG spokesperson said 20 fighters were killed and 18 wounded, but there’s no indication if all of them were YPG members.

The BBC reports Turkey views the YPG as an extension of the PKK, a Turkish-Kurdish insurgent group that has been fighting the Turkish government for nearly three decades.