Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurds, support for Islamic State: PYD co-leader Muslim

PYD co-leader Salih Muslim

Democratic Union Party (PYD) co-leader Salih Muslim condemned Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday morning and said coalition forces should not to remain silent on the matter.

Speaking to Europe based News Channel, the leader of the largest Syrian Kurdish party said the attack was expected due to the heavy military deployment at the Turkey-Syria border.

“There is a tense situation. There were already aerial attacks at the border and reconnaissance flights [by Turkey]. We were expecting this, it is not a surprise. They cannot scare the people of Kurdistan with these attacks. The people of Kurdistan are resistant. They will resist these savage attacks and respond in the best way.”

‘Turkish attacks support Islamic State’

The PYD co-leader also said the airstrikes were support to the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group, which Kurdish forces are fighting in Syria and Iraq.

“A people that is fighting terrorism is being stabbed in the back. Coalition forces must no remain silent against this. No one should accept these attacks.”

Dozens of Kurdish YPG, Yazidi and Peshmerga fighters and civilians are reported to have been killed in concurrent airstrikes by the Turkish on Tuesday morning.