Kurdish fighters call on US to close northern Syria airspace to Turkish warplanes

AP , Saturday 12 Oct 2019

A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Force known as Asayesh stands guard during a protest in the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh on October 12, 2019 (Photo: AFP)

The main Kurdish-led group in northern Syria is calling on the United States to carry out its "moral responsibilities'' and close northern Syrian airspace to Turkish warplanes.

Reydour Khalil, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, read the group's statement, which did not directly name the U.S. but referred to them as "our allies.''

Saturday's statement said "we don't want them to send their soldiers to the front lines and put their lives in danger.''

It said "what we want is for them'' to close the airspace for Turkish warplanes and "this is something they can do easily.''

The statement said the SDF has lost 45 fighters since Turkey began an invasion of northeast Syria four days ago.

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