PYD: US coalition approves Turkish air strike on Kurds

 PYD: US coalition approves Turkish air strike on Kurds

Turkish Air Forces could not have struck the positions of Kurdish militias in northern Syria and Iraq without receiving approval from the US-led coalition in the first place, the co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), Salih Muslim, said.

"Almost every day [ahead of the attack] the Turkish military had been shelling villages in the region using tanks and howitzers. But we did not expect a strike of this magnitude: 26 Turkish Air Force fighters took part in the air attack," Sputnik cited Muslim as saying.

He stressed that the planes of the Turkish Armed Forces could not have carried out the operation without the consent and approval of the coalition forces led by the United States.

"The coalition should make a statement about the attack of the Turkish fighters and clarify whether they knew in advance about the impending strike. They should comment on this move and make an assessment of the situation," the PYD co-chairman stressed.

Muslim also pointed out that the Turkish Armed Forces' strike will affect the operation to liberate Raqqa.