Kurds and Turks trade fire on Syria border

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters Tuesday the US was concerned Turkey conducted the strikes without proper coordination and emphasized the importance of respecting Iraq's borders and sovereignty. There were no reports of casualties on the Turkish side.

"We have expressed those concerns to the government of Turkey directly", State Department spokesman Mark Toner told a regular news briefing on Tuesday. Turkey classifies the YPG as terrorists, while the US sees it as one of the most effective allies against Islamic State and has deployed special forces to work alongside the group.

Beirut, Irbil - A Turkish-Kurdish dispute intensified Tuesday on the eve of preparations launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) ahead of entering the city Raqqa, ISIS' stronghold in northern Syria.

The Turkish raids showed the challenges facing US -led attempts to defeat Islamic State in Syria and tension between North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies Washington and Ankara over Kurdish combatants who have been crucial in driving back the jihadists.Ankara sees the YPG as a hostile force and an extension of the outlawed PKK, which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state and is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The U.S. views the Syrian-Kurdish People's Protection Units, known as the YPG, as key allies in the fight against ISIS.

A senior USA defense official told CNN that the USA was given about one hour's advance notice of the strikes by the Turkish military.

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"Turkey conducted airstrikes in northern Syria's Hasakah province the night before last, resulting in the loss of life of our partnered forces in the fight against ISIS", Dorrian said.

Turkey had passed on information to the United States and Russian military attaches in Ankara, Muftuoglu said, and Turkish army chief Hulusi Akar also held a telephone conversation with his U.S. and Russian counterparts.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday that the Turkish military had informed Washington and Moscow on the attack a day earlier that targeted Kurdish-dominated areas in Syria and neighboring Iraq. It said the operations were conducted to prevent infiltration of Kurdish rebels, weapons, ammunition and explosives from those areas into Turkey.

The PKK terror group's Syrian wing the People's Defense Forces (YPG) on Thursday attacked the Turkish military with mortar and missile fire from the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad.

Ankara claimed it had targeted militants of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who were preparing attacks in Turkey.

Turkey also killed six Kurdish peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq on Tuesday in an apparent accident. Erdoğan: Turkey to continue operations Turkey will not let Sinjar become a PKK base and will continue military operations there and in northern Syria "until the last terrorist is eliminated", President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told Reuters in an interview on April 25.

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