U.S.-backed allies bombed by Turkish warplanes in Syria, Iraq

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In a move that has outraged United States officials, Turkey has carried out air strikes against U.S.-backed Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish troops in northeastern Syria and northern Iraq on Tuesday.

At least 18 U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish troops were reported killed in the attack, along with five members of an Iraqi Kurdish militia.

No U.S. troops were hit, although about 1,000 U.S. troops are reportedly on the ground in Syria, Fox News reported.

An airbase in Turkey near the Syrian border is used by the U.S. Air Force in its ongoing war against ISIS.

Turkey claimed they carried out the airstrike “to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons into Turkey.”

Facilities hit by the bombing included a media center, a local radio station, a communications headquarters and some military posts, according to ABC News.

A Turkish official claimed their airstrikes killed around 200 PKK militants and senior commanders, but that has not been confirmed.

Iraqi officials in Baghdad condemned the strike as a “violation against Iraq’s sovereignty.”

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