One of our own allies struck United States-backed forces in Syria with its force last week, resulting in “a significant number” of casualties — and possibly putting the safety of our own forces may be in jeopardy, as well.
These Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) fighters have been “integral in fighting ISIS,” according to Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the spokesperson for Operation Inherent Resolve, who spoke to reporters after the Turkish attack.
What’s worse, from an American standpoint, is that there were United States forces not far from where the strike took place.
“We had forces within six miles of the strikes,” Dorian said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Those United States forces were informed of the impending strike from our so-called allies “less than an hour” before the strike took place, according to the Washington Examiner — far less time than is reasonable to expect in order to ensure our forces were at a safe distance.
In response, according to The Daily Caller, the U.S. military redeployed a number of armored vehicles closer to Turkey’s border with Syria, hoping that having allied units in the region would prevent further airstrikes.
Ilnur Cevik, a senior political adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that if the Kurds and American forces continue to work together, well, they can’t be responsible for what happens.
“We won’t be considering the fact that there are armored American vehicles… All of a sudden, by accident, a few rockets can hit them,” Cevik said in a radio interview according to The Cable.
“It was an unsafe way to conduct operations,” Dorrian said. “It’s a very complex battlefield here. And we just want to make sure that coordination is done so that we can get these things right and prevent the types of incidents that we saw here, which included the killing of Peshmerga soldiers …”
Even worse than that was the subtle threat a Turkish government official made against the United States and its forces if they continue to assist the Kurds. It sounded like the kind of veiled threat a James Bond villain would make. Seriously.
“Do you expect me to move my armored vehicles?” “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.”
The American people won’t stand for this, and you know President Donald Trump won’t, either.
H/T The Daily Caller
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