Kurds use U.S.-donated weapons to attack Turkey - newspaper

Syrian Kurdish forces are using weapons provided by the United States to bombard civilians inside Turkey and attack Turkish forces inside Syria, a Turkish pro-government newspaper said.

The Star newspaper said People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Syrian Kurdish militia controlling much of northern Syria, had fired 82 rockets on houses and mosques in the southeastern Turkish province of Kilis, killing seven and wounding nearly 100 civilians.

The United States provided these weapons, it said.

Turkey launched a land and air offensive against the Kurdish-held northwestern Syrian enclave of Afrin two weeks ago, vowing to rid the area of the YPG, which it says is part of a Kurdish separatist group fighting in Turkey for more than 30 years.

The United States does not have forces in Afrin, but does have special forces alongside YPG fighters in eastern Syria where it has armed and supported the militia to largely defeat Islamic State.

The newspaper said the YPG had used Russian-made 9M113 Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles to blow up a Turkish tank in Afrin, killing five troops.

Russian-made 9K38 Igla anti-aircraft missiles were also captured by Turkish troops in Afrin, it said.

The weapons were obtained by the United States from Russia and other countries, and given to the YPG, Star said.