Things are continuing to heat up in the Middle East as Turkish jets bombed US-backed forces in Iraq.Some of the those killed in the attack were Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters, an outcome that has American officials outraged.
It’s getting tense, folks.Fox News is reporting:
More than a dozen U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish fighters were killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by Turkish jets, two American defense officials confirmed to Fox News.
Both officials said there were no U.S. troops among the fighters who were hit.“This is very serious,” said one outraged U.S. official.
Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted his Turkish counterpart, Fikri Isik, at the Pentagon for talks about the upcoming Raqqa offensive in Syria.
Both secretaries ignored a question from a reporter about the role Kurds would play in that operation.There are currently about 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground in Syria. In March, 400 Marines deployed to Syria as part of an artillery battery to support U.S.-backed troops fighting around Raqqa.
The U.S. Air Force uses a Turkish airbase near the border with Syria to conduct strikes against ISIS.
Tensions with Syria reignited after the Assad regime gas-bombed a bunch of civilians, killing innocent women and children — an act caught on video, and shared across the world.President Trump immediately responded not long after, by bombing a Syrian airbase where some of these chemical weapons were being held.
One of the reasons this attack is so outrageous is because the Kurds, fighting alongside U.S. forces, are a key ally in combating ISIS and other radical terror groups in the area.
Let’s hope President Trump and his many stellar military advisers continue to take proper action to help bring peace and balance to this troubled region.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]