Focus on IS, not Kurdish fighters: US to Turkey

12:48 PM | 30 Aug, 2016
Focus on IS, not Kurdish fighters: US to Turkey
WASHINGTON (News Desk) - In the wake of Turkish military action against the US-backed Kurd fighters which killed 25 on Sunday in Syria, the United States has asked Turkey to focus on the Islamic State militant group instead of targeting an 'ally group'.

Last week, Turkish military crossed into Syrian border with an aim to fight the ISIS, however, the forces ended up fighting Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) during the weekend.

Reacting to the development, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook condemned the Turkey's military assault against the Kurd fighters, terming it unacceptable.

US defence secretary Ashton Carter also urged both Kurdish forces and Turkey to avoid fighting each other and instead focus on the ISIS group.

"We have called upon Turkey to stay focused on the fight against IS and not to engage Syrian Defence Forces (SDF), and we have had a number of contacts over the last several days," Carter said in a statement.

"That is the basis of our cooperation with both of them - specifically not to engage," he maintained.

It is also worth mentioning here that Turkey accuses YPG of having close ties with PKK fighters - another Kurdish group which claimed several terrorist attacks in Turkey.

Turkey said the forces would continue to target YPG if the group did not retreat east of the Euphrates River in Syria.