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Dec 15 2018

Turkey has struck at the doorstep of U.S in Iraq - pro-govt daily

Turkish military’s airstrikes in northern Iraq on Thursday were a strategic move to destroy the U.S. supply route to Syria, Turkish pro-government Yeni Şafak said.

Turkey’s airstrikes targeted Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq’s Sinjar and Mount Karajak regions. The Turkish Defence Ministry said that Turkish jets had hit shelters, caves, tunnels and depots used by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years.

Turkey sees the Kurdish rebels in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), as extensions of the PKK, while those Kurdish groups are the United State’s key allies in its struggle against the Islamic State in Syria.

Turkey also gave a message to its NATO ally, the United States, with the airstrikes, Yeni Şafak said. Turkish jets targeted the depots of the PKK close to the further operation bases established by the United States to supply equipment to northern Syria from the U.S. military base in Erbil, it noted.

The United States has ten further operation bases along the route, Yeni Şafak said, and the U.S. transports shipments from the base near Erbil to “the Syrian PKK”.

“The bombs that struck at locations close to Pentagon’s bases gave the United States the message to ‘stop supporting the PKK and its extension in Syria’,” Yeni Şafak said.

“After this strategic move, the United States is expected to speed up the process to fulfil its promises to Turkey,” the daily added.