BREAKING: More Than 30 DEAD In Government BOMBING- Trump Is PISSED

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More than 30 U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters were killed in a series of airstrikes carried out by 24 Turkish fighter jets on Monday, according to American defense officials.

The US-backed Popular Protection Units (YPG), fighting against ISIS, said their positions were hit multiple times.

Dozens of fighters were also wounded in the strikes, according to the officials. There were no U.S. troops among the fighters who were hit.

“This is very serious,” said one outraged U.S. official.

The Iraqi government condemned the strikes carried out on its territory.

US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said, “We are very concerned, deeply concerned that Turkey conducted air strikes earlier today in northern Syria as well as northern Iraq without proper co-ordination either with the United States or the broader global coalition to defeat ISIS.”

He added, “We have expressed those concerns to the government of Turkey directly.”

Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said, “The Iraqi government condemns and rejects the strikes carried out by Turkish aircraft on Iraqi territory.”

Lucas Tomlinson at Fox News reports that U.S. and Russian troops in the areas of the attacks were warned about an hour before 24 Turkish jets and two Turkish drones bombed locations in northern Iraq and northeast Syria. Senior Russian officials contacted U.S. counterparts to try to get Turkey to back off the strikes, but those pleas were ignored by the Turks, officials said.

“Given the extraordinarily complex battlespace in these areas, it is vital that Turkey and all partners in the defeat-ISIS effort coordinate their actions closely as we work together to maintain maximum pressure on ISIS and ensure the safety of all Coalition personnel in theater,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told Fox News.

Earlier this month, 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.




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