MillettPress Feb 14, 2016
The Turkish army has shelled Kurdish-held positions in northern Syria for a second day despite Washington’s call on Turkey to cease massive artillery fire on Kurdish targets near the city of Azaz in northwest Syria, including an air base recently retaken from Islamist groups, and to “deescalate tensions on all sides.”
“We are concerned about the situation north of Aleppo and are working to deescalate tensions on all sides,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement Saturday.
“We have also seen reports of artillery fire from the Turkish side of the border and urged Turkey to cease such fire,” he said.
On Saturday, Turkey urged the fighters with the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Syria’s Democratic Union Party (PYD), to leave areas it captured from Islamist groups in the northern part of the city of Aleppo.
The US sees the PYD as a close ally in the campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria.