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US Military Units Intensify Movements from Iraqi Kurdistan to Hasaka after Turkey’s Threats

TEHRAN The US ground forces have increased their moves from Kurdistan region in Iraq to Qamishli in Hasaka province to support the Kurdish forces after Ankara's military threats, Iraqi sources said.

Ahmed al-Sharifi, an Iraqi security expert, told the Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website that the US units' moves intensified with the aim of supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Turkish army's military operations.

"Over 2,500 US ground force units are active from Kurdistan region in Iraq to Qamishli in Syria," he added.

Fierce clashes were reported late last week between the Turkish Army and the Kurdish militia in Northern Aleppo and Hasaka as Turkey sent its special troops to the borders with Syria.

The pro-militant Step News website reported that the Turkish Army pounded the military points of the SDF around the city of Qamishli in Northeastern Hasaka and near the border with Turkey.

It noted that the attacks took place after the Kurdish militias attacked Turkey's border checkpoint in Nasibin region along the border with Syria.

The Kurdish-language Hawar news website, meantime, reported that the Turkish Army and its allied militants pounded Tal Rafa'at and the towns of Balounieh, Harbal and Sheikh Issa in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo with tens of mortar attacks.

Meantime, two military points of the Turkish Army were destroyed while three Turkish soldiers were killed and four others were injured in two separate military offensives by the Kurdish militias.

Source: Fars News Agency